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Michiana-Shores is a small town in LaPorte County in northern Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the population was 330. The town is included in the Michigan City-LaPorte metropolitan area. Michiana Shores takes its' name from the region known by locals as Michiana, which is located in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan and centers on the city of South Bend, Indiana. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana defines Michiana as "counties that contribute at least 500 inbound commuting workers to St. Joseph County daily. Those counties include Elkhart, La Porte, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass in Michigan. The term is frequently used throughout the area, particularly by local radio and television stations based in South Bend that serve the entire area. Michiana Shores is near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This region contains 15 miles of beaches, sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, prairies, rivers and woodland forests. Activities in the park include camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching and cross-country skiing. More than 350 species of birds are found in Indiana Dunes Park and it has one of the most diverse plant communities of any park found in the U.S. National Park System.

Surrounding areas: Long Beach, Indiana (2.4 mi), Sheridan Beach, Indiana (4.3 mi), Michigan City, Indiana (5.2 mi), Beverly Shores, Indiana (9.4 mi), LaPorte, Indiana (11.5 mi), Rolling Prairie, Indiana (11.9 mi), Dune Acres, Indiana (15.7 mi)

Michiana Shores Vacation Rentals

Michiana Shores Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Harbor Grand Hotel111 W Water StNew Buffalo, MI4.4 mi.(269) 469-7700
Comfort Inn New Buffalo11539 O'brien CtNew Buffalo, MI4.6 mi.(269) 469-4440
Edgewood Motel18716 Ln Porte RdNew Buffalo, MI4.6 mi.(269) 469-3345
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Buffalo11500 Holiday DrNew Buffalo, MI4.6 mi.(269) 469-1400
Creekwood InnRt 30-35 At I-94Michigan City, IN5.2 mi.(219) 872-8357
Golden Sands Motel4411 US 12 EMichigan City, IN5.2 mi.(219) 874-6253
Knights Inn Motel BLDG 30201 W KieffersMichigan City, IN5.2 mi.(219) 874-9500
Norbert Motel45 N SR 421Michigan City, IN5.2 mi.(219) 872-0993
Abc Motel3948 S FranklinMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 879-0335
City Manor Motel5225 S FranklinMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 872-9149
Hampton Inn4123 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 879-9994
Holiday Inn Of Michigan City5820 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 879-0311
Super Eight Motel5724 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 879-0411
Travel Inn Motel3944 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN6.0 mi.(219) 872-9441
Days Inn Michigan City3934 North Frontage RdMichigan City, IN7.4 mi.(219) 879-1150
Comfort Inn3801 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN7.5 mi.(219) 879-9190
Country Inn & Suites3805 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN7.5 mi.(219) 879-3600
Red Roof Inn110 West Kieffer RdMichigan City, IN7.7 mi.(219) 874-5251
Al And Sally's Motel West3221 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN8.1 mi.(219) 872-9131
Black Hawk Motel3651 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN8.4 mi.(219) 872-8656
Arbor Hill Inn263 W Johnson RdLa Porte, IN8.7 mi.(219) 362-9200
Sands Inn1630 Maple StMichigan City, IN9.0 mi.(219) 872-0717
Moonglo Motel1408 E LincolnwayLaporte, IN11.1 mi.(219) 362-3217
Cassidy Motel3845 N State Rd 39Laporte, IN11.2 mi.(219) 362-6536
Holiday Inn Express-Laporte100 E Shore CTLaporte, IN11.2 mi.(219) 326-7900
Mayflower Motel2652 W SR 2Laporte, IN11.2 mi.(219) 362-2092
Hampton Inn Of Laporte1777 W Hi-Point DrLa Porte, IN11.5 mi.(219) 362-6100
Ramada Inn444 Pne LK AveLa Porte, IN11.5 mi.(219) 362-4585
Super 8 Motel438 Pinelake AveLa Porte, IN11.5 mi.(219) 325-3808
Super 8 Sawyer12850 Super DrSawyer, MI14.7 mi.(800) 800-8000
Super 8 Motel418 Council DrChesterton, IN15.0 mi.(219) 929-5549
Econo Lodge713 PLZ DrChesterton, IN16.3 mi.(219) 929-4416
Hilton Garden Inn501 Gateway BlvdChesterton, IN16.3 mi.(219) 983-9500
Indian Oak Inn West BLDG558 Indian BoundryChesterton, IN16.3 mi.(219) 926-2200
Spring House Inn303 Mineral Springs RdPorter, IN17.1 mi.(219) 929-4600
Holloway Motel2340 E US HwyHamlet, IN18.8 mi.(574) 867-9021
Wildwood Motel6660 E Old 30Hamlet, IN18.8 mi.(574) 867-6020
Hampton Inn6353 Melton RdPortage, IN21.2 mi.(219) 764-1919
Best Western PLUS Portage Hotel & Suites6200 Melton RdPortage, IN21.4 mi.(219) 734-6727
Days Inn6161 Melton RdPortage, IN21.6 mi.(219) 762-2136

Michiana Shores Weather & Climate

Northwest Indiana has a four-season climate typical of most of the Midwest, with a few exceptions due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. Cold air passing over the warmer lake water induces precipitation in the lee of Lake Michigan in autumn and winter. As a result of this phenomena, heavy winter precipitation, especially snowfall, can amount to as much as 76 inches, compared to 14 inches in the south. Lake-related snowfall and cloudiness can extend to central Indiana in winter, driven by strong northwesterly winds. In the spring, daily maximum temperatures decrease northward in northern Indiana because of the cooling effect of the Lake. Average daily minimum temperatures in autumn are higher in northwestern Indiana near the warmer lake surface than farther south.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 15°F 2.30 in. -
February 34°F 20°F 1.91 in. -
March 46°F 29°F 3.05 in. -
April 58°F 39°F 3.54 in. -
May 70°F 50°F 3.48 in. -
June 79°F 59°F 4.44 in. -
July 82°F 64°F 3.79 in. -
August 80°F 62°F 4.18 in. -
September 73°F 55°F 3.88 in. -
October 61°F 43°F 3.23 in. -
November 47°F 33°F 3.79 in. -
December 34°F 22°F 3.24 in. -

Michiana Shores Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located about 23 miles southwest of Michiana Shores in Valparaiso, Indiana, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located approximately 25 miles east of Michiana Shores in South Bend, Indiana, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located roughly 32 miles west of Michiana Shores in Gary, Indiana, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 58 miles west of Michiana Shores in Chicago, Illinois, and finally the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 74 miles west of Michiana Shores in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois.

Michiana Shores Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN38.1 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI39.6 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL43.4 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL49.7 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL53.0 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL54.5 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL61.1 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL61.5 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL61.9 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL64.1 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN65.1 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN69.9 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL70.0 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL79.7 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL84.0 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL78.5 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI92.6 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI102.0 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI106.2 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL114.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Grand Beach Golf CourseGrand BeachMI1.7 mi.
Whittaker Woods Golf CourseNew BuffaloMI4.4 mi.
Michigan City Municipal Golf CourseMichigan CityIN5.4 mi.
Valley Hills Golf CourseRolling PrairieIN12.2 mi.
Birch Tree Golf CourseNew CarlisleIN16.8 mi.
Oak Tree Golf CoursePlainfieldIN18.3 mi.
Pebblewood Country ClubBridgmanMI18.7 mi.
Hamlet Golf CourseHamletIN19.3 mi.
Robbinhurst Golf ClubValparaisoIN21.4 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseBrazilIN23.1 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseNoblesvilleIN23.1 mi.
Hanging Tree Golf ClubWestfieldIN23.3 mi.
Course at AberdeenValparaisoIN23.4 mi.
Creekside Golf Course & Training CenterValparaisoIN23.4 mi.
Forest Park Municipal Golf CourseValparaisoIN23.4 mi.
Mink Lake Golf Course & ParkValparaisoIN23.4 mi.
Whispering Pines Golf CourseWalkertonIN26.8 mi.
Cressmoor Country ClubHobartIN27.4 mi.
Indian Ridge Country ClubHobartIN28.0 mi.
Calumet Golf CourseGaryIN29.3 mi.
South Gleason Golf CourseGaryIN29.3 mi.
Oaks Golf ClubSaint JosephMI29.4 mi.
Plym Park Municipal Golf CourseNilesMI29.5 mi.
Blackthorn Golf ClubSouth BendIN29.7 mi.
Elbel Golf CourseSouth BendIN29.7 mi.
Erskine Golf CourseSouth BendIN29.7 mi.
Robin Hood Golf ClubSouth BendIN29.7 mi.
Studebaker Municipal Golf CourseSouth BendIN29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI53.4 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI63.7 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI113.0 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI114.0 mi.
State Parks
Warren Woods State ParkMI11.4 mi. 
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN12.8 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI15.8 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN28.4 mi. 
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN11.2 mi.(Technology)
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN23.3 mi.(Art)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI27.9 mi.(History)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN29.6 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN29.6 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN29.6 mi.(Art)
PullmanChicagoIL43.4 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL43.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN29.6 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL43.4 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL43.4 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL53.5 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI83.3 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI92.6 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN97.5 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI104.7 mi.

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