Lake Michigan’s southern shores, Wolf Lake and George Lake form a spectacular triangle of activity and relaxation within the area’s largest urban center.
Run by the Hammond Port Authority, all these facilities are located within two square miles in North Hammond and linked by a pedestrian trail. Here residents and visitors alike will find entertainment and recreational opportunities for individuals and entire families.
WOLF LAKE MEMORIAL PARK
Wolf Lake Memorial Park serves as the perfect setting for summer concerts, festivals, aquatic fun, sports and family outings. Open from dawn to dusk, the park offers easy-access parking.
The Pavilion at Wolf Lake is a 5,300-square foot Frank Lloyd Wright-style venue completed in 2011. It is the Main Stage for live entertainment at a variety of events including the upcoming 10th Annual Festival of the Lakes as well as naturalization ceremonies, fund-raisers and much more. This dual stage pavilion boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting and the outdoor amphitheater seats 15,000.
In addition to the FOTL, other summer activities planned for the 2013 Pavilion season include
• Aug 2 – The Northwest Indiana Symphony outdoor concert
• Aug 3 – WHAM Whiting-Hammond After-Midnight Bike Ride
• Aug 17 – Triple Play Concert #3
• Aug 28 – Mayor’s Night Out
The Pavilion is also the venue for Radio Disney Movie Night and the Sing-Along Movie Night.
Wolf Lake South is home to boating, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Rentals of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards are available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. The $5 per hour rental includes life jackets and paddles. Call 219.655.5212 to find out if weather conditions permit rentals.
The Hammond Port Authority locations are connected by more than three miles of Fitness/Bike Trails. These trails wind through Wolf Lake and Forsythe Park, behind Lost Marsh Golf Course on 125th Street and continue along George Lake and over the newly-complete Pedestrian Bridge spanning Indianapolis Boulevard and New York Avenue.
The Wolf Lake Trail expansion has been completed to 129th Street. The trails travel through the reclamation area and are ideal for walking or biking.
Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center is open daily in 90-minute sessions starting at 10 a.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. The state-of-the art play center features a splash pad, changing rooms, a concession stand, picnic areas and a new playground. It is designed to delight children ages 12 and younger.
The rates per child for the 90-minute sessions are $1 for Hammond residents, $2 for non-Hammond residents from Indiana and $3 for out-of-state residents. A valid ID must be shown for discounted rates.
The Aquatic Play Center can also be rented for parties in two hour sessions. Party rental rates are $75 for Hammond residents, $100 for non-Hammond residents from Indiana and $125 for out-of-state residents. Food packages are available for an additional $6 per child, she says.
A new Wolf Lake Conservatory is nearly completed just north of the Aquatic Play Center parking lot. Here flowers and plants will be grown in the greenhouse and used throughout Wolf Lake Memorial Park, especially in planters.
Wolf Lake Picnic Shelters offer another perfect spot for gatherings and are available for rental. There’s a 50-person maximum occupancy and a five-hour limit. Hammond residents can rent a shelter for $80. Non-resident rates are $200. There’s also a $10 fee for electricity and a $25 clean-up fee.
Fees charged prior to use of the shelters are payable at the Hammond Port Authority offices, 701 Casino Center Dr.
LOST MARSH GOLF COURSE
With the natural beauty of George Lake as a centerpiece, Lost Marsh Golf Course is home to a world-class 18-hole public golf course and a challenging 9-hole executive course. This is where the Festival of the Lakes Golf Scramble takes place on Friday, July 19.
Located atop the former Bairstow Slag Mountain at 1001 129th St., Lost Marsh stands as an extraordinary example of brown-field reclamation and habitat restoration. With driving range facilities, pro-shop and lounge, Lost Marsh is an excellent public facility at an affordable price.
Tee-times can be booked by calling 219.932.GOLF (4653) or online at LostMarshGolf.com.
The Lost Marsh Club House debuted in 2009. This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired prairie style building features lockers and a Heritage Creations-designed pro shop on the first level. The second level is home to a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and a 240-seat banquet facility. Spacious balconies offer outdoor dining experiences.
The Hammond Marina, located along the shores of Lake Michigan, boasts plenty of available deep slip spaces. Slip rates haven’t been raised in a number of years, which makes the marina boater-friendly.
There even more to do at the Hammond Marina including sailing lesson and a meal at the Ship Store. For parties, showers or meetings, the Clipper Room is a perfect setting with views that overlook the Hammond Marina’s slips.
For more information, call 219.659.7678.