Hwy 12 & County Line Road, Michigan City
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is Northwest Indiana's jewel.
Stretching along Lake Michigan's southern shoreline, the dunes
provide an ecosystem unlike any other. The National Lakeshore
stretches along 18 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, encompassing
14,000 acres of forest, marsh, dunes, and beach. The park is
home to 1,500 species of plants ranging from arctic bearberry
City, the National Lakeshore features miles of wooded hiking
trails, beautiful beaches, and impressive sand dunes. Centuries
ago, glaciers, moving and carving the land in their wake, created
Mount Baldy and the surrounding area as the Ice Age came to
an end. Today, Mount Baldy stands an imposing 123 feet tall
and is the largest "living" dune
that marram grass and cottonwood trees cannot hold in place.
This giant mound of sand actually moves south at a rate of four
to five feet each year, burying all woodlands in its path. Mount
Baldy is the perfect destination for outdoor activities. Sunning
on its broad face is popular in summer months, as is watching
colorful sunsets over the lake. On clear days, one can see the
Chicago skyline from atop this giant dune. Hikers delight in tackling Mount Baldy on a hike through the forest that splits half way to either go directly to the summit or to the beach.
Bog offers visitors a glimpse of an extraordinarily unique ecosystem.
It was created around the end of the Wisconsin Ice Age, when
massive chunks of ice dropped off slowly melting glaciers filling
large impressions with water. It is part of the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore and was formed in a massive bowl of clay
soil, which isolated the lake from any other ground water. Because
there was no way for water to circulate into the lake it began
to stagnate. The Bog over time became covered with moss, forming
a carpet of organic material so acidic that only unusual plants
and flowers could adapt to grow. and others come to walk on the boardwalk and feel the waterbed of spaghnum moss move under their feat. Pinhook Bog is accessible from mid-April to mid-October on guided ranger hikes of up to 15 participants. Please call the Dorothy Buell Visitor Center at (219) 926-7561 extension 225 for more information.
enjoying the lakeshore and dunes environment, visitors can take
part in many activities, including swimming, climbing, hiking,
camping, fishing and boating, picnicking, horseback riding,
cross-country skiing, environmental education programs and special
events. Scheduled ranger-guided activities are available throughout
the year and the Visitor Center provides a great information
outlet on the dunes area, its background and available activities.
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