Visit Kankakee Sands, One Of Indiana's Most Underrated Nature Preserves And A Great Summer Destination
By Tori Jane|Published June 08, 2023
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Hidden away in far northwestern Indiana (and northeastern Illinois) is a stunning, tragically underrated nature preserve where you can go back in time. The lands here have been lovingly, carefully restored to their original, natural glory like they once were – and now, you can even view a live bison herd here! Kankakee Sands is a breathtaking, 10,000-acre stretch of perfectly-restored tallgrass prairie land, and the Efroymson Restoration contained as part of the preserve is another 8,400 acres that connect several different natural attractions such as the Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, Beaver Lake Nature Preserve, Conrad Savanna Nature Preserve, and Conrad Station Savanna. Check it out, and stay a while:
For more information about Kankakee Sands, be sure to check out the official Nature Conservancy website. Wear good shoes, and bring binoculars – the bison are able to roam, so you may not get to see them up-close.
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