Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana

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Portage Township
West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Map highlighting Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana.svg
Coordinates: 41°34′41″N 87°10′33″W / 41.57806°N 87.17583°W / 41.57806; -87.17583Coordinates: 41°34′41″N 87°10′33″W / 41.57806°N 87.17583°W / 41.57806; -87.17583
Country United States
State Indiana
County Porter
 • Type Indiana township
 • Total 38.25 sq mi (99.07 km2)
 • Land 35.57 sq mi (92.12 km2)
 • Water 2.68 sq mi (6.95 km2)
Elevation[1] 636 ft (194 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 47,085
 • Density 1,323.8/sq mi (511.13/km2)
FIPS code 18-61110[2]
GNIS feature ID 453758

Portage Township is one of twelve townships in Porter County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 47,085.[3] Portage Township was established in 1835.

The residents of Portage Township played pivotal roles in the conservation of the Indiana Dunes.[4][5][6]


Portage Township was organized in 1836, and most likely was named after Portage County, Ohio.[7]

The Nike Missile Site C47 and Josephus Wolf House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

Cities and towns[edit]

The largest community in the township is the city of Portage. The bedroom community of Ogden Dunes is also in this township.[9]


The city of Portage has an extensive park system. Also within the township is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's primary beach of West Beach and a new facility called Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.


Portage Township is home to Portage Township Schools.

Higher education:

High school:

Middle schools:

Elementary schools:

Portage High School following a 2007 expansion project

The Corporation is reviewing the results of a population growth study to determine future facility needs. Current options include: 1) Constructing a ninth elementary school; 2) Constructing a third middle school; or 3) Constructing an intermediate (5th-6th grade) school. For the 2007-2008 school year the Portage Township Schools student enrollment was 8,541.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Portage township, Porter County, Indiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, S. & Mark, S. (2009). "The Historical Roots of the Nature Conservancy in the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland Region: From Science to Preservation." The South Shore Journal, 3. http://www.southshorejournal.org/index.php/issues/volume-3-2009/83-journals/vol-3-2009/75-the-historical-roots-of-the-nature-conservancy-in-the-northwest-indianachicagoland-region-from-science-to-preservation
  5. ^ Smith, S. & Mark, S. (2006). "Alice Gray, Dorothy Buell, and Naomi Svihla: Preservationists of Ogden Dunes." The South Shore Journal, 1.http://www.southshorejournal.org/index.php/issues/volume-1-2006/78-journals/vol-1-2006/117-alice-gray-dorothy-buell-and-naomi-svihla-preservationists-of-ogden-dunes
  6. ^ Smith, S. & Mark, S. (2007). "The cultural impact of a museum in a small community: The Hour Glass of Ogden Dunes." The South Shore Journal, 2. http://www.southshorejournal.org/index.php/issues/volume-2-2007/82-journals/vol-2-2007/104-the-cultural-impact-of-a-museum-in-a-small-community-the-hour-glass-in-ogden-dunes
  7. ^ History of Porter County, Indiana : a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests. Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. p. 166. 
  8. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  9. ^ Porter County, Indiana Sesquicentennial, 150, 1836-1986.

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