Bayless Dune Nature Preserve

Wykes-Plampin is open with semi-accessibility, as the foot bridge across the river is still under construction.
Check this page for the preserve's reopening date.

Exciting updates coming soon!



Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserve features rich riparian habitat with floodplain and old oxbows, upland forest, and steep ravines. Kingfishers and many other birds live here, and the forest and wetlands harbor good displays of native wildflowers. The river has a good variety of fish; anglers are attracted by steelhead trout and salmon, non-native game species which have been introduced to Lake Michigan.

The preserve consists of two separate parcels. The northeast parcel features a distinctive foot bridge, a kayak launch (available during spring and summer), and a short hiking trail.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 87.5 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 0.19 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat


Activities Paddling


Activities Birding

Visit the Preserve

Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserve is located on the northeast side of Chesterton, east of IN-49 at the end of Indian Boundary Road, off of Brummitt Road.

Park in the school parking lot along Brummitt Road and walk across the street to the access point just south of the Little Calumet River bridge.

Wykes Plampin 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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