PORTAGE - The Portage Lakefront Park is once again open, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Indiana Dunes National Park administration told the "Times" the area had been closed for the installation of more than 1,000 tons of boulders to protect the area from erosion and provide safer access to the shoreline.
The effort was a collaboration between the Indiana Dunes National Park and the city of Portage.
Park Superintendent Paul Labovitz says the project will protect the important public resource as the lake levels rise and fall.
The Portage Lakefront site which is jointly managed by the city and the National Park Service, features a beach, pavilion, upland trail and breakwater.
The site has a non-lifeguarded beach, fishing, hiking and picnicking. A food vendor, The Trail Stop, is open on weekends as well as some evenings.
The riverwalk portion of the site is still temporarily closed due to damage from high water.