Indiana Dunes National Park

Created By: Luke Nierzwicki

Introduction

The Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park is one the most fascinating national parks in the U.S.A. The natural wonder found here is large sand dunes.

History and Wildlife

The history and the wildlife of the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park is very fascinating. There are hundreds of animal species, over 350 bird species, and over 1,100 plant species. Also, there are 46 species of mammals, 18 species of amphibians, 23 species of reptiles, and many more. The park was founded in 1966, by Henry Cowles, Paul H. Douglas, and also with help from Dorothy R. Buell. The park's 50th birthday is next year. In conclusion, the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park has thousands if species of plant and wildlife that, if taken care of, should continue to thrive for hundreds of years to come.

Visiting Information

Are you a tourist? Do you want facts about the Indiana Dunes National Park? Millions of people from Indiana and Illinois attend the park. People from Illinois also visit, as well. The height of the tallest dune is 123 ft. high (37 meters). The name of the dune is Mount Baldy (Right). The visiting hours for the park are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and may be different on holidays. There are other attractions there which include; Dunes Learning Center, Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Visitors Center, and the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. In conclusion, many guests visit the park on an annual basis.

How the Dunes Came to be

Once upon a time, there was a great battle between tribes of northern Indiana Indians. The soldiers fought long and hard. The battle itself lasted two and a half days, but near the end of the battle, atop the hill, there was a mysterious figure. She threatened the soldiers to stop fighting or she would turn the whole forest, in which they were fighting, to sand. Of course both tribes just ignored her and continued fighting. Then, a loud screech broke out, and the whole forest was turned in to sand.


And that is how the Indiana Dunes came to be.

Additional Facts

The beauty of The Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park lies not only with its physical location, but also the wildlife within the park. The exact location of the Indiana Dunes is, 41.6481 Degrees N, 87.1081 Degrees W. The park is in Chesterton, Indiana. The park includes over 15,000 acres of land, and thousands of species of wildlife. The park hugs about 15 miles of Lake Michigan's shoreline. The park is about 2 hours and 54 minutes, 166 miles from Indianapolis. However, the park is only about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Avon, Indiana. In conclusion, the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park offers its visitors the beauty of Lake Michigan and it's a short commute from the Indianapolis area.

Conclusion

The Indiana Dunes National Lake shore Park is one of the most fascinating national parks in the U.S.A. The National Park has more native species of orchids than the state of Hawaii. The National Park has more species of birds than Great Smoky Mountains National Park.