Saturday, October 5, 10am EDT
Through the Autumn Marsh
Great Marsh Trail, Indiana Dunes National Park

great marsh trail

Surrounded by sand dunes and beach to the north and ancient beaches, moraines and more wetlands to the south, the Indiana Dunes Great Marsh is a nice birding hike with views of the largest wetland complex in the Lake Michigan watershed. Hikers President Pat Fisher will be leading this hike and will reveal why this is one of his favorite fall hikes. To see even more of the marsh, we will be walking up Broadway and west onto Beverly Drive. The scenic drive between Broadway and Mount Baldy is a must-see. Be prepared to see waterfowl and mammals, so strap on your camera and binoculars. We recommend you bring your fall weather gear, wetland boots, bug spray and, as always, drinking water.

Directions: From the Beverly Shores traffic light on US12, head north onto Broadway. The south parking lot and trailhead is on the right, less than 1/4 mile from the light.
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.25 miles
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers




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.



Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community

Saturday, September 28, 10am Central
Visit to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, Joliet, Ill.

The Hikers are invited to join the Prairie Club Activities Group on a visit to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Joliet. A former military arsenal restored to prairie a number of years ago, Midewin currently features a heard of Bison. The group will meet at the visitor center (directions below), caravan to the Iron Bridge trailhead and walk to the bison observation point. (Disclaimer: the bison roam throughout the 1,200-acre prairie and aren’t always visible to visitors.) From the observation point, the group will hike the Henslow Trail for several miles. Directions: From I80, look for exit 132, State Route 53 and Chicago Street. At the end of the ramp, turn right (south). Continue on SR53 (aka Historic Route 66) for approximately 15 miles, past the race tracks, the town of Elwood and the Prairie Creek grain company. The visitor center will be on the left (east) side of the highway. Bring lunch, plenty of water, bug spray and sunscreen. Portions of the trail may be muddy.

Saturday, October 12, 3pm EDT
Nature Photography with Your Smart Phone

Photographer and artist George Kassal leads a hands-on workshop on using your smart phone for nature photography. Workshop participants will meet in the parking lot of the Galien River County Park, on Red Arrow Highway across from the New Buffalo Township Hall. Although Kassal will discuss iPhone photography primarily, many of the principles he will cover also apply to Android phones. Space is limited to 25 people, and you must register in advance at the front desk of the New Buffalo Township Library and leave a $10 deposit in order to attend. Your deposit will be refunded at the workshop. (Rain date: October 13, same time.)

Indiana Dunes National Park
Call 219-395-1882 for more information

Miller Woods Hike, 1:30-3:30pm CDT, Sundays through November 24

Monday, October 7, 6pm
New Buffalo Township Library
Climate Change and Fishing in Lake Michigan

Climate change is having an impact on many aspects of our lives. And while the emphasis is often on rising waters and arable land, climate change is also affecting recreation. Join Indiana Dunes National Park Superintendent Paul Labovitz as he takes a look at the future of sport fishing in Lake Michigan.