Indiana Dunes’ Mount Baldy to stay closed for summer

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(April 25, 2014) – A northern Indiana vacation spot will shut down for the summer.

The National Parks Service made the decision to keep Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore closed. Last July, 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was buried beneath 11 feet of sand. It took crews hours to dig him out, and the boy likely survived because of underground air pockets.

Holes are forming in the dunes, but park officials aren’t sure exactly what’s causing them. The dune, its parking lot, trail and beach will remained closed for public safety.

Ground penetrating radar studies from the Environment Protection Agency discovered dozens of “anomalies” under the surface. Two additional holes and a number of depressions have also been found. A more comprehensive study is set for the summer and could last through the fall.

Other areas of the lakeshore remain open, but officials said visitors should stay on established trails for their own safety.

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