|Located just 25 minutes from our Indiana Dunes bed and breakfast is the famed Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This area features more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres. (Source 2006: National Park Service - US Department of the Interior)
Enjoy it all and then retire to your Lake Michigan bed and breakfast at the end of a long day exploring nature.
At the Lakeshore, you'll enjoy:
- Steep sand dunes and magnificent lake views
- Waves crashing on sandy beaches
- Karner Blue butterflies landing on wild lupines
- Sweaty draft horses working on the Chellberg Farm fields
- Peaceful silence lingering along winter trails
- Bank Swallows flying from their nests inside the dunes
|Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national lakeshore features communities that have both scientific and historic significance to the field of ecology. In addition, four National Natural Landmarks and one National Historical Landmark are located within its boundaries.
The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. Lake Michigan is part of the largest complex of freshwater lakes in the world. The national lakeshore's beaches are the park's most significant recreational resource.
The wildlife is also diverse. A wide variety of habitats coupled with the moderating effects of Lake Michigan make the region an ideal home for hundreds of animal species. The park is renowned for its bird life; more than 350 species have been observed here.