marina watch | by Colleen H. Troupis
<_ Close to Chicago and Horseshoe Casino!
Deep-water docking just 30 minutes from Chicago.
Hammond Marina 701 Casino Center Dr. Hammond, IN 46320 219-659-7678
ocated at the southern tip of Lake Michigan just 12 nautical miles from the bright lights of Chicago, Hammond Marina in Hammond, Indiana is the perfect rest stop on the way to and from the city. “It’s an attraction for folks going both ways,” says Milan Kruszynski, director of the Hammond Port Authority, which manages the 22-year-old marina, in addition to several other recreational facilities in Hammond. Those facilities include a boater beach, a 9-acre bird sanctuary adjacent to the beach, two golf courses, and two parks on Wolf Lake, which are currently undergoing expansion. And that’s good news for boaters, who can access everything via an 8.5-mile walking and biking trail the Port Authority also manages, making Hammond Marina a great spot to set up shop for the summer. The marina, which is a safe harbor, was the first Indiana marina to be named a Clean Marina. “That happened three years ago,” Kruszynski says. “We’re very proud of it.” There’s also around-the-clock security. “We have a fully
Amenities Transient slips: Y Pump-out: Y Gas: Y Diesel: Y Lifts: Nearby Launch ramp: Y Engine repair: Nearby Hull repair: Nearby Marine store: Y Restaurant: Nearby Showers: Y Laundromat: Y
public, managed-access facility,” Kruszynski says. “We have a lot of walkways, and you can walk around almost everywhere.” Most important this season, which opens May 1, is the fact that the 918-slip marina has deep water — not the case everywhere in the area. Although there is usually room for transients, he says, “it’s smarter to make reservations, if possible, especially for groups.” And the marina is offering a promotion for transients in 2013: Stay one night, get one night free (up to five free nights, 10 nights total). The marina’s slips can accommodate boats up to 60 feet, but boats as large as 110 feet can tie up on the head pier. The Ship’s store/deli onsite, along with all those extensive recreational options run by the Port Authority, offers boaters easy access to basic necessities and fun. For additional recreation and dining options, Horseshoe Casino is adjacent to the marina, and Chicago is just a 30-minute boat ride away. LB
top photo by susan tabers ; bottom photos by nick zivanovic
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