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Hard To See Indiana Lights

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:27 pm


Of all the 8 states that line the Great Lakes, It seems that Indiana is the most under-represented state in the mix….Here, the only easy access is the two Michigan City Lights (Old Michigan City, Michigan City East Pier -- three if the smaller West Pier Light is Included)….I searched the posts, and not a thing came up in the way of photos for these hard to see Indiana Lights….Or how to get there…

Short of renting a charter, you have to have access to a boat to be able to get a close-up look of three of these…While they are connected to land via breakwalls and such, access is blocked due to the Industrial Complexes that occupy a good deal of the NW Indiana shoreline, West of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and one, Calumet, is out in the water.

Access to the Gary BW light may be made from Marquette Beach Park…There is a small launch area on the beach…This is not dredged well, but will accommodate a Jet-Ski or a very small boat…I went out on a raft with a small motor, and had trouble getting out…The light is 3 miles to the West of this launch….The Park is located at the end of S. Lake street, accessed from U.S. 12.

Access to the Buffington Light is a little easier now, since the large parking structure was built at the Trump Casino…To get there, continue on U.S. 12 to where it becomes Industrial Hwy….Go underneath the 912 expressway, turn north, go 3-tenths of a mile to 140th Street, turn right and go back underneath the 912 expressway again…If you have done this correctly, you will be on Buffington Harbor Drive, leading to the Casino…Go to the parking garage (a large 4 story structure), park on the ground floor on the North-East side… From there walk about a quarter mile North, and with a 300 zoom, you can get a shot of the Buffington Light.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:33 pm


For the Indiana Harbor Light, I was fortunate enough to hitch a ride on a tug that came through the Channel from East Chicago….Best thing for you, however would be to combine two lights into one excursion…By leaving from the public launch at Whihala Beach County Park, you can see both the Indiana Harbor Light and the Calumet Breakwater Light…..To get there, you will need to access Roberts Ave. and 117th Street from U.S. 12.….Travel appx. Three-quarter mile East on 117th, cross a whole mess of train tracks, and you will come to Whihala Beach County Park on the left….This launch is bigger, and we were able to launch a 16-Ft. boat from here….There is also the Hammond Marina, located by the Empress Casino…To get there, access Calumet Ave. from U.S. 12, go North three-tenths mile, and turn right on Empress Drive.

From Whihala Beach, Indiana Harbor is about 3 miles North-East, and from the Hammond Marina, it is about one and a half miles out to the Calumet Breakwall Light.

It took me 3 separate trips to get to these 4 lights…But, I live relatively close…120 miles South of the Lakes…I would recommend for anyone else to get an early start if you are from far away, and want to be able to get to these lights in one day…Plus, print out some close-up maps from a good map program to tale along (I use Microsoft Streets & Trips)….It’s always easier for me to be able to see a large close-up map than trying to depend on a GPS….And my last tip would be…Pick a good weather day.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:45 pm


This is not dredged well, but will accommodate a Jet-Ski or a very small
boat…I went out on a raft with a small motor

Four distinctly different lights seen and shown by one disitnctly different individual
... Chuck, thanks for posting these
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:10 pm


There is a high likelihood that GLLKA will be offering close-up views of these lights from the water, along with close-up water views of all other southern Lake Michigan lights, on an Excursion in 2010. Keep an eye on www.gllka.com in December.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:13 pm


Also thanks to you, Barry…You’re a pretty Unique fellow yourself….. :mrgreen:
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Postby Tybeeisland48 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:28 am


Terry, I will be watching and waiting for the news of this 2010 excursion.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:55 pm


Bringing this back to the top, while there is still time, and to show Island another of the 'Art Deco' Lights, a virtual twin to Port Washington.
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