Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Father Basil Moreau
Pine Township

With its towering trees and dark interior, Father Basil Moreau Nature Preserve has an almost primeval feel. It features a wet hardwood forest with several temporary spring ponds and seasonally flooded streams. In spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with a fine display of ephemeral woodland wildflowers – spring beauty, woodland phlox, wild geranium, and dwarf ginseng. At the same time, migratory warblers brighten the scene with their melodious song. Little has changed in the wet, wooded wonderland for hundreds of years.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 96 Acres

Preserve Access

Restricted Access

Trail Length

Trail None


Terrain Flat, Wet

Visit the Preserve

Father Basil Moreau Nature Preserve is located near the Town of Pines, just off US 20 on County Line Road, south of Pines Elementary School.

Access to the preserve is by special permission or guided tour only. Contact us to learn more about visiting Father Basil Moreau 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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