Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

Shelf ice photo by Air One Aerial Photography.
Shelf ice photo by Air One Aerial Photography.

There’s still time to view the beautiful shelf ice along Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s a chance to see an Arctic environment without having to leave the area.

People are invited to walk along the shore and view the shelf ice for themselves (just don’t walk on the shelf ice because it’s dangerous), or attend the Shelf Ice Exploration Program set for 2 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 22.

This program will teach how the ice forms and attendees will get a bird’s-eye view of the ice from atop the historic beach pavilion.

Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can also participate in a contest by guessing when a large snow pile will melt, with the closest entry winning a 2014 DNR Annual Entrance Permit.

This is the third consecutive year the park has hosted its snowmelt contest. The snow pile is in the beach auxiliary parking lot, next to the park’s main gate.

“The cold and snowy winter has created a sizeable pile,” said interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner. “The park will maintain the pile should Mother Nature bring us more snow, but no other alterations will be done.”

Submit predictions at the park office and nature center, or by emailing your name, address, and date and time you think the snow pile will melt to The park also allows entries via its Facebook page. Incomplete submissions are not eligible.

The submission deadline is March 14. Hints and updates on expected melt dates will be offered on the Facebook page.

For more information about the shelf ice program or the snow pile melt contest, call (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.


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