Heron Rookery

Heron Rookery

NPS Collection


Open Daily: Sunrise - 30 minutes past sunset

  • No restroom facilities
  • Small parking lot, large enough to back up and turn around busses & RV's spaces

Street Address
N. County Road 600 E.
Michigan City, IN 46360

GPS Coordinates
041.37.37 N
086.57.07 W

Heron Rookery Trail Map

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Visitor Activities
  • Watch the Great Blue Herons return to their "rookery" in mid-March when they repair their nest. The herons are visible until early May when the new leaves on the trees block the view. The rest of the summer and into the fall they can be seen feeding in the shallow waters throughout the Dunes Region.
  • View spring wild flowers from late March until early June
  • Bird during the spring and fall migration
  • Fish and watch fish swim in the Little Calumet River
Fun Facts
  • The Heron Rookery was so named because the Great Blue Herons had developed a "rookery" with over 100 nests.

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