Porter Beach Area
Phone: (219) 395-1882
Porter Beach area is a good place to watch raptor migration. In March and April, hawks, especially buteos, fly north over the Midwest, riding balmy southerly winds. These soaring raptors avoid flying over large bodies of water, so when they reach Lake Michigan, they follow the shoreline. Thus, the migrating hawks funnel up the lakeshore, sometimes concentrated in groups of as many as 300 birds. The high dunes in this portion of the national park are one of the best places to watch this migratory spectacle. Fall raptor migration is far less spectacular, since the birds don't tend to mass together. One notable exception is the peregrine falcon, which you're most likely to observe in early October.