Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Keith Richard Walner


The untouched floodplain forest at Walner Nature Preserve offers a tranquil setting where wetland-loving creatures and plants can thrive. Isolated by an Interstate highway, railroad tracks, and the Little Calumet River, Walner has largely been protected from development and invasion by exotic species. The preserve features good-quality upland forest, steep ravines, and nearly a half-mile frontage along the river. The floodplain forest includes oxbows from the river’s original course.

Woodland wildflowers cover the slopes of the ravines in spring. A parking lot off of Taylor St. leads to a launch site for paddlers, and a loop trail that follows along the north edge of the river.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 66 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 1.71 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Wet, Steep Ravines


Activities Paddling


Activities Birding

Visit the Preserve

Keith Richard Walner Nature Preserve is located on the north side of Chesterton, north of Indian Boundary Road on Calumet Road.

Turn west off of Calumet Road onto Taylor Street; parking is available about 100 yards ahead.

Keith Richard Walner 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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