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.

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“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.

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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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Birding listings

Cowles Bog has been added to your travel planner!
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Cowles Bog

1618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter

Don't miss the chance to see Cowles Bog, one of the great natural areas in the...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

Broadway St (N of Beverly Shores VFD), Michigan City

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

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

825 Empress Dr, Hammond

Though just 16 acres in size and surrounded by industry, the park provides a...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 E, 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 Dunes State Park Nature Center hosts a variety of interpretive...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

US Rte 421, Medaryville

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

T: (219) 843-4841 | View Website

Marquette Park has been added to your travel planner!
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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

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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: (219) 926-7561 | 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

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens has been added to your travel planner!
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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

450 W 100 N, Valparaiso

Situated atop the Valparaiso moraine, Taltree offers 360 acres of woody plant...Read More

T: (219) 462-0025 | View Website

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West Beach

376 N County Line Rd, Portage

Most of West Beach's Dune Succession Trail follows a boardwalk, so you can...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | 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.