Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Hidden Prairie & Ivory Wetlands

Once lost beneath a tangle of invasives, Hidden Prairie emerged after years of careful restoration. The northern portion ranges from wet prairie to swamp to marsh to open water. The prairie features a variety of native grasses and rare wildflowers.

The southern portion (Ivory) is a large marsh under restoration. The wetlands host great egrets, great blue herons, green herons, wood ducks, and other water birds.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 61 Acres

Preserve Access

Restricted Access

Trail Length

Trail None


Terrain Flat, Wet

Visit the Preserve

Hidden Prairie & Ivory Wetlands is located in Hobart, just west of I-65 from 41st Ave south to just beyond 44th Pl.

Access to the preserve is by special permission or guided tour only, due to the sensitive nature of the high-quality prairie remnant.

Contact us to learn more about visiting Hidden Prairie & Ivory Wetlands.

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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