The Beverly Shores Project Area comprises hundreds of mostly noncontiguous lots in the Town of Beverly Shores and Pine Township, totaling more than 80 acres. The lots were acquired over the past quarter-century via donation, purchase, and tax sale. These lots form part of the Great Marsh, the vast wetland that once paralleled the shoreline of Lake Michigan from Gary to Michigan City. Also at Beverly Shores are two small rare-plant refuges, McAllister Prairie and Hiawatha Meadow.
National Park Service, Sustain Our Great Lakes Program, Wildlife Habitat Council, U.S. Forest Service
Photos by Ron Trigg
The Beverly Shores project area is best viewed along the north side of Beverly Drive. Call us for advice on visiting specific parcels.
Shirley Heinze has been acquiring wetlands lots in the Great Marsh since the organization’s inception thirty years ago. It now protects more than 70 acres, most of them adjacent to a much larger expanse of marshland controlled by the National Park Service. The area along Beverly Drive is a superb spot for birding. It is a designated stop on the Chicago Region Birding Trail and has been recognized as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.