Beaches & Beyond
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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Barred Owl Chick

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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

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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

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Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor

6625 S. Boundary Dr., Portage

Why include a major industrial site among the best cultural and natural sites...Read More

T: (219) 787-8636 | View Website

Porter County Conservation Trust, Inc. -Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary has been added to your travel planner!
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Porter County Conservation Trust, Inc. -Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

1050 S. 11th St., Chesterton

This small area inside the town of Chesterton continues to develop thanks to...Read More

T: (219) 763-2401 | 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.