Explore over 15,000 acres of dunes, swamps, prairies, forests, and rivers on the southern tip of Lake Michigan at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The diversity of plant species, birds, wildlife, ferns, grasses, and fish are appreciated by over two million yearly visitors to this national park.
The historical movement to preserve this unique ecological area began in 1899, three years after our farmhouse was built. Past officials, university scholars, and passionate neighbors established clubs and groups; who worked for years to conserve this natural environment, and protect it from the industrial growth of the decades that followed. They succeeded in establishing a National Park in 1966. We thank them for their vision that is the treasure of our backyard.
The Indiana Dunes, recently voted a top state park by USA Today, offers hiking trails, picnic areas, camping, and park ranger educational opportunities.
Some have called this area the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Midwest. It’s a fitting tribute.