Camping is such a diverse and varied activity that can be combined with so many different activities. This acticle from
The New York Times looks at some of the best kayak camping locations in Northwest Indiana. What better way to go kayaking than to camp in the chosen location for a few days and incorporate both activities into the same trip or vacation. That, for this writer anyway (me!), would make for an amazing experience. Read some of what this informative acticle has to say about these Northwest Indiana locations below; Lake George The popular downtown Hobart lake offers a place to kayak on peaceful waters, though some may not know waterways that extend from the lake can take kayakers on a 2- to 3-mile journey, one store owner says.Ron Kurth, co-owner of Lake County Divers Supply in downtown Hobart, rents kayaks to those who want to explore Lake George by water.“Kayaking over here on Lake George is great because people are able to go quite a distance, a few miles out,” he said.The water trail takes kayakers from the downtown Hobart area south before swinging west. The waterway goes nearly all the way to I-65, he said.Before beginning a trip, Kurth advises to call and check on construction, which is planned for the 3rd Street bridge near downtown this summer. The construction could prevent kayakers from accessing the other side of the bridge, he said.
Robinson Lake, located west of Lake George near I-65, is another spot for kayakers to explore, as is Deep River Water Trail, which runs from Lake George through Lake Station and Gary for 16 miles before emptying into Lake Michigan.
Kankakee River The Kankakee River is a 133-mile waterway that has various access points for kayaking, from Illinois to St. Joseph County in Indiana. Another of the access points is at Dunn’s Bridge County Park in Porter County.Walter Lenckos, superintendent for Porter County Parks and Recreation, says Dunn’s Bridge provides the only public access to the river in Porter County.“It is a great fishing spot, has a beautiful turn-of-the-century bridge and a small boat ramp that provides access to the water,” he said.Those who bring a fishing pole will want to watch out for walleye, bass, crappie, bluegill and Northern Pike, he said. Provided by Christine Livingston Lake Michigan Gary’s Marquette Park and Lagoon offer unique spots for kayaking. Visitors can opt to kayak along Lake Michigan via launch sites at the park and beach area, or can check out the lagoon area, which features a non-motorized watercraft launch.Whihala Beach in Whiting, Washington Park in Michigan City and Portage’s Lakefront and Riverwalk all have launch sites as well.The Times Lakeland Park Lakeland Park in Burns Harbor offers kayak rentals, as well as paddle boat and row boat rentals, for $3 per hour, said Kim Burton, Burns Harbor park director.“This has become more and more popular each year,” she said.While at the 29-acre park, visitors can check out the Little Calumet River fishing access site, or go for a swim in the lake.The Times Hansen Park In addition to kayaking at Washington Park, Michigan City also offers water adventures at Hansen Park, located off E. Street not far from Lake Michigan.Hansen Park features an ADA compliant kayak launch, the first in the state, says Shannon Eason, assistant park superintendent for the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department.The park, within walking distance to downtown Michigan City, also includes a canoe and kayak launch into nearby Trail Creek, which spills into Lake Michigan next to the Old Lighthouse Museum… Source
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