Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Dale B. Engquist

Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve consists of riparian habitat along both banks of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River. Floodplain, upland forest, and old oxbows are present. Located adjacent to the Heron Rookery unit of Indiana Dunes National Park and Reynolds Creek State Gamebird Habitat Area, it creates an area of nearly 2,000 contiguous acres of protected land, a boon to the many common mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians which live here.

Spring is the best time to visit the preserve. A variety of spring wildflowers cover the forest floor in April and May. Migratory birds are attracted to woodland and wetland habitats.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 215 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 2.0 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat, Upland Forest


Activities Wildflowers


Activities Birding

Visit the Preserve

Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve is located on the northeast side of Chesterton, off of 450E and 1300N, adjacent to the Heron Rookery unit of Dunes National Park.

The main parking lot is located along 1300N; a smaller parking lot is located on 450E. A loop trail traverses the perimeter of the preserve.

Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve

With Thanks

to Our Generous Acquisition and Restoration Partners

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National Park Service
Great Lakes Restoration
Indiana Heritage Trust
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Nature Preserves
State of Indiana
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The Nature Conservancy
Sustain Our Great Lakes
Save the Dunes
Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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