This open dune complex is home to a wide variety of rare plant and animal species, and is a fine example of our parks namesake--the dunes. Unfortunately, the integrity of this dune is threatened by off-trail hiking. When individuals roam off-trail, the vegetation that holds the dunes together is trampled, causing the dunes to erode. We hope the photo you have submitted will document success of our dune protection efforts.
Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national park's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.