Located between Lake County and La Porte counties, bordered at the north by Lake Michigan, you’ll find Porter County, Indiana. There’s plenty of natural beauty to behold, as the county is home to a large portion of the Indiana Dunes State Park and National Park, as well as county parks and attractions, such as the Calumet Trail and one of the region’s oldest landmarks, Dunn’s Bridge County Park. Between the larger cities and smaller towns across the county, there’s a community full of history and natural beauty to enjoy.

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Indiana Dunes National Park

The Indiana Dunes stretch 25 miles east along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Enjoy beautiful lakeside beaches and trails surrounded by prairies, forests and, of course, sand dunes. The landscapes along this region are recognized as some of the most biologically diverse in the nation, acting as a home to over 350 species of birds and hundreds of different animals, as well as over 1,400 species of ferns and flowering plants. Go on a camping trip, take a scheduled tour, paddle your way along the Lake Michigan Water Trail, go fishing, snowshoe along the trails, take your furry friend for a walk and so much more at the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Dunn’s Bridge County Park

The bridge, spanning the Kankakee River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers an easy way to cross by foot or access the river itself. The location is perfect for canoeing and kayaking, and it offers the only public boat access to the Kankakee River in Porter County. Although the bridge’s origins aren’t fully known, local lore suggests that the arches on the bridge were constructed using the first Ferris wheel, featured at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Visitors also enjoy fishing, bicycling, birdwatching and more.

PoCo Muse

The Porter County Museum of History offers an array of wonderful exhibits and programs focusing on local Indiana history. The collection was started as a way to display township artifacts for Indiana’s Centennial Celebration in 1916, but when some contributors didn’t want those items back, the museum held onto them, preserving the history for others. The building now housing the collection is the former Porter County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. PoCo Muse engages Porter County’s rich history with the evolving present to inspire local communities.

Calumet Trail

This picturesque trail runs along relatively flat land. To the south, it runs next to the South Shore Line’s railroad tracks, and to the north, along the Indiana Dunes National Park. With few road crossings and bordering the national park, it’s a relaxing adventure that provides opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. There are also connections to the Dunes Kankakee Trail and the Porter Brickyard Trail, and when you reach the Dune Park South Shore Station, cyclists can hop on the train and head to other locations around the region to explore. The trail is made up of both paved and crushed stone surfaces, so certain areas may be difficult to navigate with road bikes and wheelchairs.

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Beautiful Setting. Property borders Indiana Dunes Lakeshore. Custom Built 3250sq.ft. Ranch style all brick and stone home/office. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with a 2000 sq. ft. Basement has a wood burning stove.  Home has many possibilities for living expansion. Updated office side can convert to Related living. Floor layout is like a Duplex has separate entrance. Can be a Vacation Home, or  professional.  Kitchen/dining rm. open concept, granite with a breakfast island. Lrg living room with newer carpet and Quartz stone fireplace w/ wood burner stove insert. Oak flooring thru  out home.  Large main bedroom has 2 closets. Bath next to bedroom.  Updated bath with cultured granite top and white cabinets.  4 car detached garage.for boat or RV. 3.4 acres w/pond views. Bike to Bev.shores S.S. Station,Lake Beaches.Close to all Hwys. $499,900 Active

371 E US Highway 20 Chesterton, Indiana

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,234 SqFt 3.420 Acres

COMPLETION THIS JANUARY  2023!   PORTER COUNTY LOCATION CROWN POINT MAILING. THIS 2 STORY CUMBERLAND PLAN OFFERING PARTIAL BASEMENT & LANDSCAPING! VERSATILE FLOOR PLAN FEATURES A WELCOMING LARGE FOYER OPENING TO THE DEN/OFFICE. SPACIOUS OPEN CONCEPT GREAT ROOM FLOWS INTO THE KITCHEN FEATURING AN AWESOME CAFE ROOM FOR DINING PLUS AN 84" ISLAND! NICE ENTRY MUD ROOM FROM GARAGE. UPPER LEVEL FEATURES LARGE SUITE WITH ATTACHED BATH & HUGE CLOSET, FLEXIBLE LOFT OR, LAUNDRY, LARGE 2ND BATH, LINEN CLOSET & 2 ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS. PRICING includes LANDSCAPING, 90% EFFICIENCY FURNACE. PHOTOS ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MODEL IN ANOTHER LOCATION & MAY INCLUDE UPGRADES NOT PRICED FOR THIS PROPERTY. OVERHEAD PHOTOS MAY NOT BE SPECIFIC TO THIS LOT. COMPLETION THIS DECEMBER 2022! $492,200 Active

795 Cirque Drive Crown Point, Indiana

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,643 SqFt 0.290 Acres

This beautifully remodeled 2 story, 4 bedroom home in Mallards Landing is situated on 1.1 acre lotbacked with woods. Main floor hosts a brand new sleek kitchen with BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, with a large open concept dining area ready for hosting. Main floor bedroom has two large closets with a newly remodeled en-suite bathroom. Make your way upstairs to three large bedrooms that share a full bathroom and very own living/loft space. Enjoy a large 3 car garage and two tiered deck with plenty of room for entertaining next to your above ground pool come summer. If that isn't enough space, make your way down to the walkout basement, with flex room, that's ready for personal touches. Book your showing today & start the New Year in this show stopping home! $489,900 Active

191 Mallard Drive Valparaiso, Indiana

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,504 SqFt 1.190 Acres

Welcome Home; This unique all Brick split level home is just a short stroll to Lake Michigan. Theliving room features vaulted wood ceilings, a Limestone fireplace, with a wall of glass, that adjoins the Dining area and Kitchen, Cork floors. 3 Bedrooms brand new high end bathrooms on the Main level. The lower level a fourth bedroom/office recreation room, kitchenette - storage laundry room a shower bathroom. 2 car garage on an oversized corner landscaped lot, in the heart of the dunes.Don't delay, come and preview today. $489,900 Active

2 Cedar Court Portage, Indiana

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,952 SqFt 0.183 Acres

Resting atop the Great Valparaiso Moraine, you will find a chain of Glacier Lakes. These 11 beautiful bodies of water formed from the time when Glaciers covered most of Earth's surface. This is genuine real estate like no other!!! This 3 bedroom 2 bath lake retreat has been gutted to the foundation and is completly brand new. Custom details throughtout with grand vaulted wood ceilings, generous open concept kitchen, the masssive covered deck embraces the views of every vista. Once-in-a-lifetime oppurtunity to own your private retreat on Canada Lake!!! Call today to schedule a private tour!!! $489,000 Active

651 N 90 E Valparaiso, Indiana

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,548 SqFt 0.220 Acres

Quality built home. Upgrades throughout! Walk through the foyer & into a vaulted ceiling, open-concept living room. View the Wood floors & Beautiful Gas Fireplace! Main floor entrance opens to office & Formal dining room. The Kitchen is Large with plenty of cupboard space, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances that all stay. Breakfast area over looking yard. Main Floor Master with walk-in closet and private bath.  Main floor laundry room and another bath. Upper level has full bath plus 2 more bedrooms and 4th possible bedroom in bonus area with skylights. Basement is finished with full bath, possibly related living area. Plus Utility and shop area and plenty of storage. Attached is a 2 car garage, Plus a detached 2 car garage and a bonus 1 car detached garage. Manicured Corner Lot with concrete edging. Fenced in area for the pets. Furance and A/C only 1 year old. Zoned Heating & Cooling. Roof is only 2 years old. It's Ready for you! $487,495 Active

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