Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Green Heron Pond

A quiet enclave of natural habitat within a residential neighborhood, Green Heron Pond features a range of habitats from interdunal wetland to high dune. Black oak savanna and woodland grade into mesic oak forest, providing habitat for numerous woodland and savanna wildflowers.

The dominant wetland feature is a permanent pond which supports fish, frogs, turtles, muskrats, and waterfowl. Smaller seasonal ponds also occur at the site.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 14 Acres

Preserve Access

Restricted Access

Trail Length

Trail None


Terrain Flat, Wet Dunes

Visit the Preserve

Green Heron Pond is located in the Miller section of Gary, south of Hemlock Ave, stretching from Marquette Elementary School on the east almost to Lake St on the west.

Access to the preserve is by special permission or guided tour only. It is not easily accessed without intruding on neighboring private properties.

Contact us to learn more about visiting Green Heron Pond.

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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