The Indiana Dunes State Park banned alcohol in 1989 in response to problems with gangs.
Statewide environmental organizations have spoken out against the plans, but DNR officials say they're conservation-minded and are open to feedback.
Several snowy owls have been sighted near the Indiana lakeshore.
Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are restoring wild blue lupine, the main food source of the endangered Karner blue butterfly.
A state commission is considering whether to designate a shipwreck 28 feet under in Lake Michigan as the state's first underwater nature preserve.