This 178-acre property is located just west of South Bend at the northern edge of North Chain Lake. The preserve contains a variety of habitat types including wetlands interspersed with high ridges and islands of upland forest. Many interesting plant species characteristic of bog habitats have been identified on site, with the preserved area protecting about half of one of last remaining bogs in Indiana. Approximately 20 acres of agricultural field are being restored to forest habitat, and hiking trails are being developed on the site so that the public can enjoy this natural resource.
Public Access Status
Lydick Bog is not open to the public at this time. Shirley Heinze Land Trust is working hard to develop plans for public access and raise funds to install parking lots and boardwalks. Access is by guided hike only until further notice. If you want to visit, look out for upcoming volunteer workdays at the site! For more information, please call us at 219-242-8558.
Bicentennial Nature Trust, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, NIPSCO, The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, 1st Source Bank, The Hurwich Family, NiSource Charitable Foundation
The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NIPSCO
From the east, take the South Bend Bypass/US 31 to US 20. Go west on US 20 approximately one mile. Look for event signs on the south side of the road, just after the Kenrose Motel.
From the west, take US 20 east. The entrance is about 1/2 half mile east of Quince Rd. Look for event signs on the south (right) side of the road, just before the Kenrose Motel.
Please note that Lydick Bog is only open for official events at this time.
June 23, 2017 Community Hike at Lydick Bog
We're grateful to everyone who helped make the Community Hike at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve possible. Thanks to volunteer hike leaders who shared their expertise and those who brought refreshments and delicious homemade goodies: Ricky Klee, Mike Keen, Steve Sass, Evie Kirkwood,Marge & Vic Riemenschneider, Krista Bailey, Laura Henderson, and Scott Namestnik.
Special thanks to volunteer Site Steward and hike leader Doug Botka who worked hard to prepare a great trail and even built new boardwalks.
Click here for Lydick Bog Preservation Celebration Coverage