Kemil Beach, Beverly Shores

Submitted by: Stephen Lehman

Kemil Beach is a very overlooked beach. It’s tucked away between Beverly Shores and the Indiana Dunes Nature Reserve. When I arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away, almost literally (30-40 mph gusts). Kemil Beach is one of the largest beaches that I am aware of in the area.


Blowing Sand

Blowing Sand


The sand was blowing harshly and I was constantly having to hide my face. If you look closely at the photo above you can see whited out areas of blowing sand. It was an amazing experience. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to plan a trip to the beach around the wind, but if you ever get the chance I would recommend checking it out when it ís really windy. It adds to the experience.


Rocks

Rocks


Beach rocks are hit and miss along the south shore beaches. Some beaches are littered with them while others have proven  the opposite. Kemil beach had more rocks than most. The photo above captures that very fact. Along with the rocks was some driftwood. There is something special about driftwood, I just haven’t figured out what it is yet. It adds so much to a “beachscape”. Another thing I noticed about Kemil Beach is that it is relatively clean. I’ve seen some trashy beaches but this one isn’t one of them.


Panorama

Panorama


On my way back from the beach I saw a large sand dune that sits directly to the south of the beach. I knew I had to climb it. The photo above and the last photo were taken from the top. The photo above provides a great example of just how extravagant the view is from the top. If you’re interested in prints of any of these images please follow the link below.


Rolling Dunes

Rolling Dunes


Often when visiting a south shore beach, the beach isn’t the main attraction, but rather drive/walk to the beach. Located just to the south of the beach is beautiful rolling dunes filled with dune grass and beautiful fall colors (at least, during the fall). If you can, I would highly suggest making the climb to the top of this dune for an unforgettable view. I hope to see you all out exploring our wonderful region before it gets colder! This is Stephen Lehman bringing you the best of the south shore. Peace.

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