Hammond Port Authority offers activities and facilities for year-round fun

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z Hammond Port Authority offers activities and facilities for year-round funHeather Augustyn nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

It is the mission of the Hammond Port Authority to provide maximum public recreational access to Lake Michigan waters, Wolf Lake waters, George Lake waters, Lost Marsh Golf Course, Forsythe Park, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, for all who come by land or by sea, striving towards the highest quality of professional Port Authority management for customers and citizens while promoting economic development for the city of Hammond.

Hammond Marina

Designated the first “Clean Marina” in the State of Indiana, the Hammond Marina is just 12 nautical miles from Downtown Chicago and features 918 slips (seasonal and transients welcome), a fuel dock, daily launch, winter storage on both water and land, mast stepping, 24-hour security, and affordable slip rates. The Marina is located on miles of sandy shoreline and is adjacent to the Horseshoe Casino. Visitors enjoy activities that appeal to every age, all linked together by a pedestrian trail and within two square miles. Sailing classes are also available for all experience levels.

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Hammond Marina’s Clipper Room offers a breathtaking view and provides a serene, peaceful setting for special events or meetings. With seating for 100, the Clipper Room provides an in-laid dance floor, full service bar, and a spacious balcony. The professional staff is prepared to assist in planning any occasion and will work closely with clients to make it memorable and enjoyable. To enhance meetings or seminars, a wireless microphone system, pull-down screen, LCD projector and DVD are available for rental. Continental breakfast and box lunches may also be arranged. Various rental rates are suited to the type of event or meeting with reduced banquet rates Mondays through Thursdays.

Wolf Lake Memorial Park

Wolf Lake Memorial Park is home to boating, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and a full host of outdoor recreational activities. Visitors enjoy the Pavilion at Wolf Lake and the Aquatic Center, which are linked to the Hammond Marina and area amenities by way of a pedestrian trail. Wolf Lake Memorial Park is open daily from dawn to dusk and canoe, kayak, paddle board, and boat rentals are available for only $5 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weather and event-permitting.

Lost Marsh Golf Course

Lost Marsh is a world class 18-hole public golf course and a challenging 9-hole executive course. Lost Marsh is a shining example of brown-field reclamation, habitat restoration, and a satisfying golfing experience. With driving range facilities, pro-shop and lounge, Lost Marsh is an excellent facility at an affordable price. With the natural beauty of George Lake as a centerpiece and a view of the Chicago Skyline on the horizon, Lost Marsh Golf Course is a world-class, award-winning haven. Lost Marsh is home to the next generation of golfers through the First Tee Program for children.

The beautiful Restaurant at Lost Marsh is perfect for lunch, dinner, or corporate or group gatherings. Whether celebrating a wedding or a birthday party, expecting 10 people or 200, Restaurant at the Lost Marsh helps celebrate special events in style and comfort. Occasions seem even more special at Restaurant at the Lost Marsh. The restaurant is housed in the Lost Marsh Club House, a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired prairie style building that is open to the public, not just the golfers, as everyone is welcome. The Club House features a top-shelf bar and grille, a gourmet dining room, and an elegant pro shop.

The Pavilion at Wolf Lake

Just 20 minutes from Chicago, The PAV (Pavilion at Wolf Lake) is a new outdoor concert venue located on the shores of Wolf Lake in Hammond, Indiana. Offering ticketed big name concerts to free community events, there's something to interest everyone at The PAV. It is a centerpiece of revitalization of the Wolf Lake Memorial Park area and was built as part of the $31.4 million grant by the Northwest Indiana Redevelopment Authority. The 2,600 square foot main stage and 6,000 square feet of “front of the stage” VIP seating and 80,000 square feet of grass seating allows the PAV to host concerts of all sizes. At the annual Festival of the Lakes concert in mid-July, free admission shows of over 15,000 concert goers have enjoyed top-flight entertainment while watching the sunset over Wolf Lake and the Chicago skyline.

Forsythe Park

Forsythe Park is home to picnics, Little League, fishing, and relaxing lakefront scenery. Settled on Wolf Lake and linked to nearby amenities by way of a pedestrian trail, Forsythe Park is open from dawn to dusk daily, with extended summer hours for Little League games. A picnic shelter is available for rental at Forsythe Park.

Year-Round Activities

The Hammond Port Authority provides boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation and activity. All outdoor recreation locations are clustered within two miles of each other. Sites offer convenient parking and are linked by way of a pedestrian, walking, and biking trail. Families can enjoy splash-pad fun at the Wolf Lake Aquatic Center; beach fun along the shores of Lake Michigan; biking a seven mile lakeside trail; boating on Lake Michigan or Wolf Lake; sailing and golf instruction; a summer full of outdoor festivals and events; fishing along Lake Michigan, Wolf Lake, or George Lake; world-class gaming at the Horseshoe Casino; championship golf at Lost Marsh; kayak and canoe fun on Wolf Lake; and winter fun around the community.

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