Indian Ridge Marsh is a puptastic destination if your pooch wants to spend some time in a natural setting. Situated in the southern end of the Chicago city limits, this slice of wilderness is just a bone’s throw away from the Indiana state line. The best thing about this park? You don’t have to travel very far from the main part of the city to enjoy some time in nature with your four legged sidekick.
Spreading across 154 acres, Indian Ridge Marsh is a beautiful
combination of marsh and prairie habitat. The park is divided into a northern
and southern section, and each area has its own parking lot and set of walking
trails. Clip on your pup’s leash and explore the pathways. Your doggo will love
trotting past the marsh ponds and through the shrubbery. All of the sights and
smells will light up their senses and keep their nose busy.
The terrain is typical for the Calumet region. With other
marshes and the Calumet River nearby, the entire area creates an ideal home for
several types of birds. Indian Ridge Marsh is actually home to a large nesting
colony of black-crowned night herons. It’s estimated that around 800 of these
winged creatures call this place home. That’s a lot of birds! You may also see
ducks, geese, and wading birds. Oh, and a family of muskrats have settled in on
the west side of the park. If you happen to come across wildlife, make sure
your pup minds their manners and doesn’t chase or bark at them.
Before leaving home, make sure you grab a couple clean up
bags. Keep the park smelling fresh by picking up whatever your pup puts down.
And don’t forget to carry plenty of water for both you and your fur baby. No
bones about it, this park will definitely
make your dog’s tail wag!