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Porter is a historic railroad town in northwest Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the population was 4,972 residents. The town of Porter is known for its proximity to the Indiana Dunes State Park. Porter was also once the southern terminus for the Chicago and West Michigan Railway. With a Swedish heritage, the community of Porter was settled in 1822 by Joseph and Marie Bailly, who arrived here from the St. Joseph River area in Michigan. The Joseph Bailly Homestead is located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Howe Road, just north of U.S. 20. It's been the residence of three generations of the Bailly family. Another historic home in Porter is the Chellberg Farm (Anders Kjellburg or Chellberg) who brought his family to this Swedish community in 1869. Porter's major industry is in tourism, being in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore region. There are seven trails through the park. Trail 4, although short, leads to the tops of the three highest dunes, called the "Tremonts." A small portion of the shoreline is set aside for public swimming and a lifeguard is on duty between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Other activities in the park include picnicking, hiking, guided hiking tours, camping and birdwatching. Cycling is allowed on the Calumet Trail only. The Dunes Nature Preserve covers two-thirds of the park and is accessible only on foot.

Surrounding areas: Dune Acres, Indiana (2.4 mi), Ogden Dunes, Indiana (6.1 mi), Beverly Shores, Indiana (7.3 mi), Michigan City, Indiana (11.2 mi), Sheridan Beach, Indiana (12.2 mi), Miller Beach, Indiana (14.0 mi), Long Beach, Indiana (14.1 mi)

Porter Vacation Rentals

Porter Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Econo Lodge713 PLZ DrChesterton, IN (219) 929-4416
Hilton Garden Inn501 Gateway BlvdChesterton, IN (219) 983-9500
Indian Oak Inn West BLDG558 Indian BoundryChesterton, IN (219) 926-2200
Spring House Inn303 Mineral Springs RdPorter, IN (219) 929-4600
Super 8 Motel418 Council DrChesterton, IN1.8 mi.(219) 929-5549
Hampton Inn6353 Melton RdPortage, IN5.1 mi.(219) 764-1919
Best Western PLUS Portage Hotel & Suites6200 Melton RdPortage, IN5.3 mi.(219) 734-6727
Days Inn6161 Melton RdPortage, IN5.5 mi.(219) 762-2136
Holiday Inn6200 Melton RdPortage, IN5.5 mi.(219) 762-5546
Motel 66101 Melton RdPortage, IN5.6 mi.(219) 763-3121
Super 8 Motel6118 Melton RdPortage, IN5.8 mi.(219) 762-8857
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson At The Port1630 Olmsted DrPortage, IN5.9 mi.(219) 764-0021
Holiday Inn Express-portage2323 Willow Creek RdPortage, IN5.9 mi.(219) 762-7777
Comfort Inn2300 WillowcreekPortage, IN6.0 mi.(219) 763-7177
Sands Inn1630 Maple StMichigan City, IN7.4 mi.(219) 872-0717
Black Hawk Motel3651 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN8.0 mi.(219) 872-8656
Al And Sally's Motel West3221 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN8.3 mi.(219) 872-9131
Red Roof Inn110 West Kieffer RdMichigan City, IN9.5 mi.(219) 874-5251
Dons Motel5500 Milton RdPortage, IN9.5 mi.(219) 762-3317
Hampton Inn & Suites1451 Silhavy RdValparaiso, IN9.5 mi.(219) 531-6424
Inn At Aberdeen Ltd3158 South State Rd 2Valparaiso, IN9.9 mi.(219) 465-3753
Comfort Inn3801 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.0 mi.(219) 879-9190
Country Inn & Suites3805 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.0 mi.(219) 879-3600
Days Inn Michigan City3934 North Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.0 mi.(219) 879-1150
Super 83005 John Howell DrValparaiso, IN10.3 mi.(219) 464-9840
Country Inn & Suites8311 Ohio StMerrillville, IN10.7 mi.(219) 736-1300
Abc Motel3948 S FranklinMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 879-0335
City Manor Motel5225 S FranklinMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 872-9149
Hampton Inn4123 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 879-9994
Holiday Inn Of Michigan City5820 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 879-0311
Super Eight Motel5724 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 879-0411
Travel Inn Motel3944 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.7 mi.(219) 872-9441
Fairfield Inn-valparaiso2101 Morthland DrValparaiso, IN10.9 mi.(219) 465-6225
Courtyard By Marriott2301 E MorthlandValparaiso, IN11.0 mi.(219) 465-1700
Creekwood InnRt 30-35 At I-94Michigan City, IN11.2 mi.(219) 872-8357
Golden Sands Motel4411 US 12 EMichigan City, IN11.2 mi.(219) 874-6253
Knights Inn Motel BLDG 30201 W KieffersMichigan City, IN11.2 mi.(219) 874-9500
Norbert Motel45 N SR 421Michigan City, IN11.2 mi.(219) 872-0993
Comfort Inn1915 S Mississippi StHobart, IN14.3 mi.(219) 947-7677
Lee's Inn6201 Opportunity LnMerrillville, IN14.8 mi.(219) 924-8555

Porter 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 30°F 15°F 1.88 in. -
February 34°F 19°F 1.58 in. -
March 45°F 28°F 2.39 in. -
April 56°F 38°F 3.55 in. -
May 68°F 48°F 3.25 in. -
June 77°F 57°F 4.64 in. -
July 81°F 63°F 3.33 in. -
August 79°F 62°F 4.46 in. -
September 73°F 55°F 3.19 in. -
October 62°F 43°F 3.27 in. -
November 47°F 33°F 3.32 in. -
December 35°F 21°F 3.00 in. -

Porter Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located about 11 miles south of Porter in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located approximately 17 miles west of Porter in Gary, Indiana, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located roughly 39 miles east of Porter in South Bend, Indiana, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 49 miles northwest of Porter in Chicago, Illinois, and finally the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 63 miles northwest of Porter in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois.

Porter Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN21.8 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL33.8 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL37.3 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL44.9 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL44.9 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL50.8 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL51.5 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL52.0 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI55.7 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL57.0 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN62.3 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL67.3 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL71.2 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN74.0 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL77.1 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL70.1 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL105.5 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI108.9 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI117.6 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI119.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Robbinhurst Golf ClubValparaisoIN5.0 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseBrazilIN9.1 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseNoblesvilleIN9.1 mi.
Course at AberdeenValparaisoIN10.1 mi.
Creekside Golf Course & Training CenterValparaisoIN10.1 mi.
Forest Park Municipal Golf CourseValparaisoIN10.1 mi.
Mink Lake Golf Course & ParkValparaisoIN10.1 mi.
Cressmoor Country ClubHobartIN11.1 mi.
Michigan City Municipal Golf CourseMichigan CityIN11.2 mi.
Indian Ridge Country ClubHobartIN11.6 mi.
Calumet Golf CourseGaryIN13.9 mi.
South Gleason Golf CourseGaryIN13.9 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf CourseMerrillvilleIN16.5 mi.
Grand Beach Golf CourseGrand BeachMI18.1 mi.
Griffith Golf CenterGriffithIN19.1 mi.
MacArthur Golf CourseEast ChicagoIN19.4 mi.
Oak Knoll Golf ClubCrown PointIN20.5 mi.
Summertree Golf CourseCrown PointIN20.5 mi.
White Hawk Country ClubCrown PointIN20.5 mi.
Whittaker Woods Golf CourseNew BuffaloMI20.8 mi.
Scherwood GolfScherervilleIN21.9 mi.
Hammond Youth Golf Academy at Lost MarshHammondIN22.1 mi.
Pheasant Valley Country ClubCrown PointIN23.5 mi.
Burnham Woods Golf CourseBurnhamIL23.8 mi.
Valley Hills Golf CourseRolling PrairieIN24.3 mi.
Longwood Country ClubCreteIL25.6 mi.
River Oaks Golf CourseCalumet CityIL25.8 mi.
South Shore Country ClubCedar LakeIN25.8 mi.
Cedar Creek Family Golf CenterCedar LakeIN25.9 mi.
Cedar Lake Monastery Golf ClubCedar LakeIN25.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI68.6 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI80.1 mi.
State Parks
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN3.8 mi. 
Warren Woods State ParkMI27.7 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI32.2 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN38.2 mi. 
Kankakee River State ParkIN38.8 mi. 
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN9.9 mi.(Art)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN18.2 mi.(Technology)
PullmanChicagoIL33.8 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL33.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL33.8 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL33.8 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL42.6 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN42.8 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI84.9 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN106.3 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI107.2 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI108.9 mi.

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