State of Indiana Dedicates First Underwater Nature Preserve – the JD Marshall Shipwreck

JD Marshall preserve dedication 9-30-2013

Color Guard in forefront and DNR staff in background at the formal JD Marshall Preserve dedication ceremony on September 30, 2013 at Indiana Dunes State Park.

We are proud of our colleagues at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for working tirelessly to set up the state’s first underwater nature preserve – the JD Marshall Preserve.  The JD Marshall is just one of many shipwrecks in Lake Michigan and one of a handful in Indiana.  This one lies just off the Indiana Dunes State Park, and will be marked in the water with buoys in time for the 2014 beach season.

You really should hear DNR’s Brad Bumgardner tell the ship’s story – he is such a talented interpreter and educator. Luckily he’s agreed to tell the story at the December 19th Green Drinks event. It will be held at Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City at 6:30pm.  Please join us!

JD Marshall ship

The JD Marshall.