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Land Trail Extension: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Land Trail Extension: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

  • Skill Level:Not Applicable
  • Trail Length:50 miles of land trails
  • Waterway Trail:Lake Michigan Trails
Lake Michigan Water Trails

Land Trail Extension: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

We encourage you to extend south-bound trips into Indiana so you can discover Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IDNL). IDNL spans over 15,000 total acres, which include 15 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, and 50 miles of trails. The landscape of this area was shaped over 14,000 years ago by the last great continental glacier, and today includes dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. The biological diversity within Indiana Dunes is among the highest per unit of any site in the National Parks system.

Openlands played an integral role in the designation of the site as an national lakeshore in 1966, and today it is one of the finest sites managed by the National Park Service in the entire Midwest Region. Learn more.

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