|There are currently, 42 guest(s) and 0 member(s) that are online.
You are Anonymous user. You can register for free by clicking here
Illinois: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore|
Posted on Thursday, June 08 @ 03:13:05 MST by iljiana
vlado writes "Highway I-94, the
Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90 U.S. 20, or Indiana State Hwy 12 and various
Lake, IN,Porter, IN Counties
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, authorized by
Congress in 1966, is located approximately 50 miles southeast of
Chicago, Illinois in the counties of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte in
Northwest Indiana. The national lakeshore runs for nearly 25 miles
along southern Lake Michigan, bordered by Michigan City, Indiana on the
east, and Gary on the west.
The park contains approximately 15,000 acres, 2,182 of which are
located in Indiana Dunes State Park and managed by the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources. Miles of beaches, sand dunes, bog,
wetlands, woodland forests, an 1830's French Canadian homestead, and a
working 1900 era farm combine to make the national lakeshore a unique
setting for studying humans and their impact on the environment. Dr.
Henry Cowles conducted his landmark ecological studies in the Indiana
Dunes. Indiana Dunes is ranked 7th among national parks in native plant
diversity. Research conducted over the last two decades has revealed
1,418 vascular plant species within park boundaries, of which over 90
are on the state of Indiana's threatened or endangered list.
The wildlife is also diverse. A wide variety of habitats within the
park 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 birdlife; more than 350 species have been observed
here. Located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore is an especially important feeding and resting area
for migrating land and water birds. One area within the national
lakeshore has been set aside especially for its value as a great blue
For more information:(219) 926-7561 ext. 225