Bayless Dune is part of our Miller Dunes Project Area, which is a collection of small, noncontiguous properties near the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Miller section of the City of Gary. Together the sites protect 16 acres and a diversity of habitats found in the "high dunes" region: dry oak forest, blowouts, interdunal wetlands, and ravines. The properties harbor rare plants and offer wonderful color in the fall. Thanks to members of the Miller Community, preserve signage and an interpretive trail was installed on the 4-acre Bayless Dune property, making this unique site available to neighbors and visitors. A short, 0.25 mile trail through the preserve includes flat, wooded areas and one steep climb. You will have a short walk east along Indian Boundary Road to return to the trail head.
Barker Endowment Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Miller Community Fund, Wildlife Habitat Council, U.S. Forest Service.
From US-12, turn north on Lake-Porter County Line Road, then turn left on Pottawatomi Trail. Turn left onto Juniper Ave. At the end of the road, turn right (north) onto Pottawatomi Trail, then turn right on Indian Boundary Road. A small area to pull off is located front of the preserve sign.
Hidden within urban neighborhoods in the Miller Beach section of Gary are pockets of natural land – high dunes, oak forest, wetlands, wooded ravines – all protected by Shirley Heinze. The waters of Lake Michigan can be seen from some high vantage points. Many rare plants cling to survival on these sandy acres.
Photos by Tom Cera and Ron Trigg