Touring the Great Lakes: The Great Lakes in Indiana

It might not be well known that you can visit the Great Lakes in Indiana, but this mid-western state enjoys over 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. All of the state’s Lake Michigan shoreline is maintained by the National Parks Service and the lake itself is great for all kinds of water fun such as swimming, skiing, and fishing. Lake Michigan is known for its fishing as you are likely to catch many a walleye, trout or salmon.

Great city choices for those interesting in visiting the Great Lakes in Indiana are Michigan City, Indiana and Gary, Indiana.

Lake County in Indiana is often referred to as Lake Michigan’s South Shore. The South Shore is a mere half hour drive from downtown Chicago. Many visit the South Shore for the lakefront casino boats, the Deep River Waterpark and tons of historical sites, memorials, and museums. The history of the country’s steel industry can be observed here.

Many tourists come to Michigan City in the summer, including residents of Chicago, to visit Lake Michigan and the city’s various attractions. On a clear day one can actually see the Chicago skyline from across the lake. This is just one of the ways to visit the Great Lakes in Indiana.

One of the major attractions here is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park. This park includes about 15 miles of sandy beaches as well as the sand dunes and marshes the area is known for. Visitors should check out the singing sands, sand that emits sounds based on the wind passing over the dunes or simply by walking along the sand. The park is a popular destination for campers and favorite activities include bird watching, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

For lighthouse enthusiasts you have to swing by the Old Michigan City Light. This is one of the state’s few lighthouses and even inspired the Michigan City’s largest shopping center – the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall.

Other must sees include the Bailly Homestead, a pioneer fur trading post, West Beach, and Mt Baldy. What is so important about the Bailly Homestead is that it is so well preserved. West Beach is a popular beach with public access. Mt Baldy is the largest living dune and moves four to five feet each year.

There must be quite an appealing allure to touring the Great Lakes in Indiana if Chicago locals drive here to visit Lake Michigan.