Submitted by Stephen Lehman
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I have frequented New Buffalo Public Beach since I moved to Michigan City two years ago. I’ve been here in pretty much every season and I can safely say that it is one of the most beautiful beaches in our area.
New Buffalo Boardwalk
Before you even walk onto the beach, I would suggest going up on the boardwalk. The view is spectacular and it provides a unique way to see the beach. It’s really easy to pass up because it’s not usually in eye sight because it kind of blends in with the dunes next to the beach. Bring your binoculars or telephoto lenses!
During peak months, boats are constantly coming in and out of the harbor. If you’re looking for a classic beach look, this is your place. I love this couple (shown above) enjoying the sunset. Sometimes our lives need these moments of getaway. If you’re looking for a spot to disappear for the afternoon, I would highly suggest a dinner at The Stray Dog followed by watching the sunset at the New Buffalo Public Beach.
Bay at New Buffalo Beach
While this may not be the same as the pier at Washington Park in Michigan City, this “pier” is a bit more adventurous. There is a sign warning folks to continue at their own risk. If you are able, I would highly recommend making your way to the end; the sunsets there are unobstructed and organic.
New Buffalo Pier
The photo above is one of my favorite landscape photos I’ve ever taken. If you look closely you can see both a sailboat in the distance and a seagull flying just above the beacon making this an almost flawless lake scene. For the most part, these rocks are manageable for walking but it’s definitely an adventure. I would suggest wearing decent shoes; I would not suggest bare feet.
Above is that unobstructed sunset I was telling you about. There is nothing man made in sight as only the natural is visible. For one reason or another, I’ve noticed an unusual amount of seagulls at the New Buffalo beach. They’re always peppering the sky or crowded on the beach.
All in all I would recommend this beach year round. One of my favorite moments at this beach was on a cold March day where the ice was finally melting and the sunset was a brilliant blue and gold. Check out the Instagram link below to view that photo (my camera battery was dead and I could only use my iPhone that day).
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