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Birding

Backpacks for Birders

This program allows beginners or experienced birders traveling light to have the equipment and information they need to enjoy birding in and around the Indiana Dunes. And the best part is it’s free!

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Great Birding

Few places in the Midwest rival Indiana Dunes Country for great birding. More than 350 bird species live or migrate through here—drawn to the open water of Lake Michigan and to a landscape of beaches, dunes, woodlands, wetlands, and prairie.

Amazing Accommodations

A true birder needs more than one day to explore. Check out these inspiring lodging options to make your stay all the more memorable.

Use discount code Indiana Dunes birding at time of booking. Two-night stay minimum.

“I’ve birded on six continents, and in my birding experience, birding in the Indiana Dunes is definitely the crème de la crème.”

Lynea Hinchman

Birding Enthusiast

These hot spots are the tops

While you can watch birds at dozens of natural areas within the Indiana Dunes region, a few of these sites offer truly outstanding viewing. In this guide, we’ve detailed the birding opportunities at the region’s top three birding hotspots.

Wait, There's More!

Click here to read what experts say about Indiana Dunes Country being one of the top birding spots in the Midwest. For personal advice, stop by our Visitor Center for some face-to-face time. If you’re into social media, share your adventures by promoting #DunesBirding. And when it’s time to take a break from birding, explore Indiana Dunes Country.

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Outdoor Adventures Guide

Birding listings

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve has been added to your travel planner!
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Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

178 E. Sidewalk Rd., Chesterton

This beautiful 167-acre preserve showcases an inspiring and aesthetically...Read More

T: (219) 926-1842 | View Website

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Cowles Bog

1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Embark on a miniature odyssey involving multiple habitats on the 4.5 miles of...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | View Website

Cressmoor Prairie Nature Perserve has been added to your travel planner!
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Cressmoor Prairie Nature Perserve

483 N. Lake Park Ave., Hobart

See one of the rarest ecosystems in the state at the 41-acre Cressmoor...Read More

T: (219) 242-8558 | View Website

Dune Succession Trail has been added to your travel planner!
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Dune Succession Trail

376 N. County Line Rd., Gary

See amazing dunes and interdunal ponds close up as you traverse a mile along...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | View Website

Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

21690 Range Line Rd., Hebron

This 2,069-acre park, located along the historic Kankakee River, floods...Read More

T: (219) 769-7275 | View Website

Great Marsh Trail has been added to your travel planner!
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Great Marsh Trail

500 S. Broadway, Beverly Shores

The newest trail in the national lakeshore is a birder's paradise. Just a short...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | View Website

Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary has been added to your travel planner!
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Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary

701 Casino Center Dr., Hammond

A truly unexpected find. A small, 600-meter tract nestled in the middle of an...Read More

T: (219) 659-7841 | View Website

Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

While thoughts of sunbathing and swimming in Lake Michigan might first lure you...Read More

T: (219) 926-1952 | View Website

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center has been added to your travel planner!
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Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

The Indiana State Park Nature Center is the starting point for The 3 Dune...Read More

T: (219) 926-1390 | View Website

Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area has been added to your travel planner!
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Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

5822 Fish and Wildlife Ln., Medaryville

This gem of a wildlife area conserves 8,062 acres of wetland, upland, and...Read More

T: (219) 843-4841 | View Website

Kankakee Sands Efroymsom Family Prairie Restoration has been added to your travel planner!
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Kankakee Sands Efroymsom Family Prairie Restoration

3294 N. US 41, Morocco

The more than, 7,800 acres at Kankakee Sands provide refuge for some of the...Read More

T: (219) 285-2184 | View Website

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Marquette Park

1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary

In 1921, the United States Steel Corporation donated lakefront lands along...Read More

T: (219) 886-7099 | View Website

Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve has been added to your travel planner!
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Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve

109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso

This 154-acre property offers numerous recreational opportunities, including...Read More

T: (219) 242-8558 | View Website

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Miller Woods

100 N. Lake St., Gary

Birders consider this 75-acre natural oasis amid the industry and urban...Read More

T: 21939518221 | View Website

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Monon Trail

Fisher St. & Manor Ave., Munster

Connecting from downtown Hammond south to Munster, the 4.4-mile Monon Trail is...Read More

T: (219) 836-6927 | View Website

Photographs Copyright: Lynea Hinchman, Brad Bumgardner, Christine Livingston

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Indiana Dunes

Nature’s Masterpiece

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the Indiana Dunes, then shake off the sand south of the dunes with great lodging, dining, shopping and attractions.