Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Lydick Bog
South Bend

Lydick Bog, a dedicated Indiana state nature preserve located in South Bend, protects one of the last remaining sphagnum bog habitats in Indiana. Many interesting plant species characteristic of bogs have been identified, including winterberry, tamarack, large cranberry and carnivorous species like round-leaved sundew and pitcher plant. Other wetland types here include marsh, a large riparian corridor, and several kettle hole wetlands – glacier-carved depressions that collect water from the surrounding hills.

The wooded areas are dotted with glacial rocks and feature maple-and-oak forest and savannas dominated by oaks and hickories. Spring and summer offer an ever-changing wildflower display. The preserve is a haven for amphibians and reptiles, and it attracts a wide variety of birdlife.

nature Preserve Size

Preserve Size 178 Acres

nature Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length in South Bend, Indiana

Trail Length 1.73 Miles

nature Preserve Terrain

Terrain Wetlands, Forest, Ravines

Lydick Bog offers
a glimpse into a
unique piece of
Indiana's natural history

Over 160 donors helped raise more than $50,000 in March 2021 and IHCDA has awarded matching funds of $50,000 through their CreatINg Places grant program to install a boardwalk at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve.

Stay tuned for updates as we work on the trail improvements that were made possible thanks to YOU!

Thank you!
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Visit the Preserve

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve is located west of South Bend, Indiana on US 20, just northeast of the town of Lydick.

Parking is located on the south side of US 20. A loop trail traverses the property.

trail map of lydick bog 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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