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Ogden Dunes, Indiana
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Location of Ogden Dunes in Porter County, Indiana.
Location of Ogden Dunes in Porter County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Porter
Township Portage
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Water 0.72 sq mi (1.87 km2)
610 ft (186 m)
 • Total 1,168
 • Density 1,586.96/sq mi (612.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-56088
GNIS feature ID 449814

Ogden Dunes is a town in Portage Township, Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, within Indiana Dunes National Park and nearly surrounded by the city of Portage. The population was 1,110 at the 2010 census. It is named for multi-millionaire Francis A. Ogden, who owned the land there before his death in 1914. His main interest in the land where the dunes are was the sand which could be scooped up and sold, with more sand being replenished naturally over time.

Many residents of Ogden Dunes helped preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes.

The town is the site of the Portage / Ogden Dunes station, which is served by South Shore Line passenger trains to and from Chicago. The principal thoroughfare serving the town is U.S. Route 12, which passes along the town's southern edge and connects it to nearby communities such as Gary to the west and Burns Harbor to the east.

Ogden Dunes has been reported as having the highest rate of Lyme disease in Indiana.


Samuel Reck purchased the land from the estate of Francis Ogden in 1923. The town was platted a year later. The town had 50 residents in 1930. By the 1950s, there were almost 800 residents and 1,000 in 1991. The town was incorporated in 1925 to establish long term right of way across the New York Central Railroad tracks. The developers planned to create a resort community with a golf course, clubhouse and hotel. As development lagged, plans were dropped. Sand roads served the community until cinders placed on main street in 1931.

In the later 1920s Ogden Dunes was noted for having the largest ski jump in the country. International skiing competitions were held on this 30-story high, 500-foot long slide until it was dismantled in 1932. In 1927, the Grand Beach Ski Club, later the Ogden Dunes Ski Club, bought a piece of land on one of the high dunes in the town. They constructed a 192 feet (59 m)-tall ski jump. The first meet was held on January 22, 1928. For the next four years, meets were held in Ogden Dunes. The longest jump ever reported on this structure was 195 feet. In 1932, the Norwegian Olympic Team of Birger Rund, Hans Beck, and Kaare Wahlberg (gold, silver, and bronze medalists) came to Ogden Dunes to try the tower. During the Great Depression the Ski Club had financial setbacks; combined with little snow, the club looked to sell the tower. In 1935, a ski club in Rockford, Illinois, purchased the tower and moved it that summer.

Two early houses (11008,11009) on Ski Hill Road are simple yet stylish homes built on the steep and lovely wooded hills of Ogden Dunes. Later structures along the beach include two outstanding houses (11001, 11004), which reflect the area's emergence as a fashionable and exclusive residential area in Porter County.

Structures of Historic Significance

Notable Houses of Architectural Interest
Location Architectural Style Year Built
Shore Drive; Colonial Revival c.1930
Cedar Trail; Spanish Eclectic c.1930
86 Shore Drive; Craftsman c.1925
114 Shore Drive; French Eclectic c.1915
18 Sunset Trail; English Cottage, c.1930
26 Sunset Trail; English Cottage c.1930
3 Sunset Trail; International 1941
7 Ski Hill Road; Tudor Revival c.1930
15 Ski Hill Road; Spanish Eclectic c.1925
127 Ogden Road; English Cottage c.1925


Ogden Dunes is located at 41°37′27″N 87°11′29″W / 41.62417°N 87.19139°W / 41.62417; -87.19139 (41.624250, −87.191338).

According to the 2010 census, Ogden Dunes has a total area of 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2), of which 0.74 square miles (1.92 km2) (or 50.68%) is land and 0.72 square miles (1.86 km2) (or 49.32%) is water.

Ogden Dunes is located in Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana. It is an exclusively a residential community. Neighboring Ogden Dunes are several similar enclaves within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Miller Beach to the west, Beverly Shores and Dune Acres to the east. Like Ogden Dunes, a considerable portion of the residences in these communities are occupied as summer or weekend homes by Chicagoans.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 50
1940 144 188.0%
1950 429 197.9%
1960 947 120.7%
1970 1,361 43.7%
1980 1,489 9.4%
1990 1,499 0.7%
2000 1,313 −12.4%
2010 1,110 −15.5%
2020 1,168 5.2%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,110 people, 508 households, and 335 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,500.0 inhabitants per square mile (579.2/km2). There were 619 housing units at an average density of 836.5 per square mile (323.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 508 households, of which 19.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.67.

The median age in the town was 55.1 years. 15.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 12.2% were from 25 to 44; 41.8% were from 45 to 64; and 25.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

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