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Porter Beach Area


3050 Wabash Ave., Porter, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 395-1882

Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561

Fax: (219) 395-1767


The Porter Beach area is a good place to watch raptor migration. In March and April, hawks, especially buteos, fly north over the Midwest, riding the balmy southerly winds. These raptors avoid flying over large bodies of water, so when they reach Lake Michigan, they follow the shoreline, sometimes concentrated in groups of as many as 300 birds. The high dunes in this portion of the national lakeshore are great places to watch this migratory spectacle. Fall raptor migration is less spectacular since the birds don't tend to mass together. One notable exception is the peregrine falcon, which you're most likely to observe in early October.