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Indiana Dunes State Park hosts annual snowmelt contest

by Department of Natural Resources on March 2, 2015

The public can participate in a contest to guess when a snow pile at Indiana Dunes State Park will melt. The closest entry will earn a 2015 DNR Annual Entrance Permit and more. 

The pile is in the middle of the beach auxiliary parking lot, next to the main gate. 

“An early winter dry period gave way to a brief snowy period in the last few weeks,” said Brad Bumgardner, the park’s interpretive naturalist. “The park will maintain the pile should Mother Nature bring us more, but no other alterations will be done.” 

Predictions can be submitted at the park office and nature center, or by emailing your name, address, and date and time you think the pile will melt completely 

The deadline is Sunday, March 15. 

Predictions can also be submitted on the Facebook pages for Indiana Dunes State Park and Chesterton Feed and Garden between March 5 and 8. 

The closest guess will win a 2015 DNR Annual Entrance Permit, $25 gift certificate for the Nature Center Gift Shop, and a $25 gift card from Chesterton Feed and Garden Center. 

Hints and updates will be offered on the Indiana Dunes State Park Facebook page at

For more information, call (219) 926-1390. The contest is sponsored by Chesterton Feed and Garden Center, 400 Locust St., Chesterton. 

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304. 


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