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Bicyclists traveling entire perimeter of Lake Michigan enjoy Indiana Dunes

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015 in Activities, Indiana Dunes

By Suzie LaBelle Editor’s note: Suzie LaBelle and Will Heelan, both of Wilmette, IL, are bicycling around the entire perimeter of Lake Michigan, and they recently passed through Indiana Dunes Country. Their trip is scheduled to go from May 17 to June 15, 2015, starting in Wilmette and going counterclockwise around the lake. They will … Continued

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival coming May 7-10, 2015

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 in Activities, Indiana Dunes, Nature

Celebrate the Indiana Dunes Country’s amazing birdwatching at the inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, 2015 Organized by the Indiana Audubon Society, the festival will highlight the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities. Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will serve as host sites. The festival will benefit the … Continued

Up for a new fitness challenge along Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore?

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Indiana Dunes, Nature

Are you ready for a run or hike that will leave your legs screaming, sweat pouring down your face and your mind telling you that you should turn back? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must tackle a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana … Continued

Beaches, Indiana Dunes and so much more

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Indiana Dunes

Are you interested in seeing a bog where you can traverse floating boardwalks to literally walk on water and see insect-eating plants and rare orchids? Do you want to visit a bison farm where you can get within inches of the massive animals? Are you up for hiking one of the most amazing dune trails … Continued

Check Out Our New Neighbors

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature

  By Ken Kosky Something cool showed up at here at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center this week: a pair of Killdeer. Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher – or just someone who thinks it’s cool when a bird you don’t see every day shows up – you’d appreciate seeing what we saw.  This #DunesBirding photo … Continued

Indiana Dunes a top Midwest birding spot

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature

By Ken Kosky The Indiana Dunes region is one of the best spots in the Midwest for birdwatching, and spring is the time of year when birders are rewarded with the biggest variety and quantity of birds. To kick off the peak spring birding season, Indiana Dunes Tourism has launched a special birding webpage which features … Continued

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Winter

A group stands on the shore, a safe distance from the shelf ice. By Ken Kosky Shelf ice is a cold-weather phenomenon that occurs when cold temperatures freeze small areas of an open lake, forming float ice. This ice will build up over time and be pushed to shore by waves, eventually accumulating on top … Continued

Winter is a great time to visit our nature sites

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Winter

Shelf ice is a site to see along Lake Michigan. By Ken Kosky My favorite time along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail is autumn. There’s nothing better than hiking through wooded trails that are bursting with color on a 65-degree day. But another beautiful time is right now, with a blanket of snow covering … Continued

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