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Cowles Bog


1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 395-1882

Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561

Fax: (219) 395-1767


If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach, you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grow on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.