Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Great Marsh
Beverly Shores

Great Marsh comprises hundreds of lots in the Town of Beverly Shores. Most of the protected land falls within the Great Marsh, the vast wetland that once paralleled the shoreline of Lake Michigan from Gary to Michigan City. A healthy marsh ecosystem is being restored here on land that was drained for development in the early 20th century.

A superb spot for birding enthusiasts, it is a designated stop on the Chicago Region Birding Trail and has been recognized as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. A variety of waterfowl and wading birds are common, and sandhill cranes have recently begun nesting here.

The area also contains two small rare-plant refuges, McAllister Prairie and Hiawatha Meadow. Two short trails are located here, and visitors can view much of the area from Beverly Drive.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 87 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 0.83 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat, Wet


Activities Birding


Visit the Preserve

While the Great Marsh Nature Preserve is comprised of parcels of land throughout the town of Beverly Shores, the preserve is best viewed along the north side of Beverly Drive. Contact us for advice on visiting specific parcels.

With Thanks

to Our Generous Acquisition and Restoration Partners

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