Saturday, July 31, 10am Eastern
Riparian Zones
Heron Rookery Trail
Indiana Dunes National Park
Michigan City, Ind.

Join the Harbor Country Hikers for a late July adventure at the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Heron Rookery Trail. Hikers President Pat Fisher will lead this simple, out-and-back hike along a portion of the east arm of the Little Calumet River. Learn a few facts about riparian zones and enjoy the sights along the way. The Heron Rookery Trail follows a portion of the Little Calumet River that once featured over 100 great blue heron nests. After 60 years of nesting here, the herons have moved on, but the woods remain alive with dozens of birds including kingfishers, woodpeckers and a wide variety of migrating and nesting warblers. Wear long pants (preferably tucked in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH observes federal and state COVID guidelines, and face masks are currently optional.

Directions: 1336 East, Michigan City, Ind. From US20 just west of Michigan City, head south on County Line Rd. for 3.3 miles. Head west on 1500 North for 1 mile, then head south on 600 East for 1.6 miles. Watch for the parking lot on the right just after the river. GPS: 41.627015, -86.951988 (DD)
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2.25 hours
Hiking Distance: 3.3 miles
Physical Difficulty: Easy. Flat-packed dirt surface, but slippery when wet
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers

Flash Hikes

The Hikers will hold occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s still light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes will have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.

Other Hiking and Related Activities

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website,

Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit

Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activiti