Treasures of the Dunes


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The sand is covered with snow now, but the weather has been warming up and soon the snow will melt away to reveal all sorts of beautiful stones, beach glass and crinoids. (otherwise known as Indian Beads).


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So where are the best places to find these treasures? Well I will let you in on a little secret. (but don’t tell too many people!). Just to the east of Portage Riverwalk is a small beach. It is accessible only by boat (my preference is to take my paddle board there!). The beach is only about 1/2 mile long, but it is full of all sorts of crinoids and beach glass.

Central Avenue beach also is wonderful for scavenging, however I am not sure when it will open. It closes for the winter, and should open in the spring, but I know there was a lot of erosion from the storm last fall and I’m not sure what shape it is in right now. I will be sure to let you know as soon as it opens.

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Would you like to learn how to make jewelry from your beach glass?

On Sunday, March 15 the Indiana Dunes State Park will be offering two classes. They fill up fast, so if you are interested, reserve your spot soon! You can call 219-926-1390.

Also, Chesterton Art Center is offering a class on March 31. Here are the details… Beach Glass Wrap Jewelry Class, March 31 at 7:00, $30 ($5 discount if you are a member of the Art Center). Bring your own beach glass or found object to wrap into a pendant! If you don’t have anything, no worries! There will be lots to choose from at the class. Call the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711 to register.

Not sure you can make one yourself? Be sure to stop by Beach Bum Jewels in Michigan City and see all the jewelry they have to offer.

Now let’s get that snow melting so we can head on out and find some fun stuff.

Keep digging those dunes, guys!

~ Eve

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Here is a link that covers most of the rocks you can find in Lake Michigan.

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