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Cowles Bog, Chesterton

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Cowles Bog is a 4,000-year-old wetland complex in Indiana Dunes National Park, near Chesterton, Indiana. It is named for Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles who did his pioneering work in ecology and ecological succession here. His work brought international attention to the area which led to efforts to preserve the Indiana Dunes. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965. It contains bog, fen, marsh, wet meadow, swamp, and pond habitats.

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  • This trail is off the beaten path, and worth the effort to find it. You head toward the gated community of Dune Acres, when you get to the guardhouse you have arrived. You enter the parking lot to...  more »
  • We have taken all our out-of-town visitors here for a walk through the the ancient moraine bog. At certain times of the year you can see orchids that are unique to this bog, and several fly-eating...  more »

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