Burns Harbor, a small town of approximately 1,100 residents in northwestern Indiana, is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan.
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The Indiana Dunes offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, including fishing, swimming, hiking and birding. Choose from an abundance of fishing opportunities, both on beautiful Lake Michigan or at one of the region’s inland lakes or streams.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park are a nature lover’s paradise. Starting in Burns Harbor and stretching 25 miles east along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, the parks are a popular destination for visitors. Nearly 4 million guests enjoy the Indiana Dunes each year.
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Comprised of more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests, the Indiana Dunes offers a wide variety of year-round activities. Summer is an ideal time to build sand castles and admire Lake Michigan sunsets. The Calumet Bike Trail is especially pretty in late summer and early fall. The colors of fall can be enjoyed from late September through October. Bird watching is especially interesting during spring and fall migrations.
Home to more than 350 species of birds and 1,100 flowering plant species and ferns, the Indiana Dunes is a fantastic place to bird watch or explore nature’s beauty.
Visitors can take advantage of beautiful sandy beaches, unique hiking trails and the historic sites of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.
At 126 feet high and moving inward at an average rate of four feet per year, Mt. Baldy is the largest moving dune within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.