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Post Posted: 08:32pm - Feb 8,17 
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I'm giving serious thought to keeping the boat in the water at Hammond this year. Although I have launched there many times, I'm wondering if anyone who has kept their boat there had any issues or concerns about doing so? Thanks!

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Post Posted: 11:15pm - Feb 8,17 
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Keep your boat on shore or slipped. I slipped my boat there last summer for a month. Security is top notch and bar/ restaurant is awsome gas docks also very nice plenty of room to wait your turn...beach wasn't bad either...plus the casino is a nice..people were friendly and like to respectfully party on weekends (on docks)

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Post Posted: 08:19am - Feb 9,17 
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Thanks for the information Bill777. That's what I was looking for. One question though. when you say "on shore or slipped". Can you store the boat on the trailer in the lot and launch when needed? Just curious. If I slip mine, I'd have to get it bottom painted.

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Post Posted: 08:35am - Feb 9,17 
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When you drive in there are boats in the lot just north of the security shack. Dunno what the story is with those i always thought that might be hard to keep people away because the beach is on the other side. But i just have experience with the slips i really liked it there. But chose portage again because of price and we take the boat to michigan city and new buffalo a lot less fuel.

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Post Posted: 09:40am - Feb 9,17 
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Hammond is a nicer marina than E.Chicago, and is in the middle of the fishing grounds on the South end. I'm a little Leary of having the boat in the water constantly because I'm a little particular when it comes to cleanliness. I may give it a go and start working on planning to paint the bottom. That will be a whole new project!

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Post Posted: 07:25pm - Feb 9,17 
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Im with yah on east chicago. If you want your boat covered in metal dust east chicago is for you lol. Portage public marina is 15ish miles to 95ft of water and takes me about 35 mins to get to hammond or calumet yacht club. Your gunna like slippin your boat its nice to be able to get in and go.

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Post Posted: 09:50am - Feb 10,17 
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I don't think I could stand the combined smells of Lever Bros. and Amaizo enough to dock my boat at Hammond.

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Post Posted: 12:21pm - Feb 10,17 
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Lester,
Please expand a little on that. I take it those are nearby plants that smell to high heaven when the wind is right?

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Post Posted: 07:57pm - Feb 10,17 
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Im curious about that as well. I spent many nights out there having a beer and was suprised that i never smelled the steel mill. I ll ask my buddy also he's been there for 2 years and out alot.

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Post Posted: 08:13pm - Feb 10,17 
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I was there for four years and smell was never an issue. Easy to get to, Casino was alot of fun, people are very friendly at the dock, but the only problem is that the salmon bite died on the south side.


Some say it was because of the sharks that moved in close to shore!: :roll:


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Post Posted: 04:00pm - Feb 12,17 
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I have been in Hammond for the last 8 years and love it. I keep my Sea Ray, tow boat, a 17' Whaler and a wave runner there. I was also there for the first couple of years after the marina opened. the smell was bad in the 90's but almost non existent now.
The ship's store and deli are great and the staff is wonderful. It has great security. The grounds/facilities are kept up. The fuel dock is priced right, but they could work on their hours a little(BTW, I am one of Hammond's biggest fuel customers).
The slip prices are very competitive.
I belong to the Hammond Yacht Club. Good prices and good food.
The casino is right there for some fabulous dining and adult entertainment.
There are two nice beaches where you can anchor your boat and swim.
Spring fishing is decent, but as the season progresses you can have a long cruise to get on the fish. There is a decent fish cleaning station near the ramp.
I regularly travel to downtown and points north as well as Portage, Mi City and New Buffalo. The central location is ideal for this.
As you can probably tell, I like the marina.
If I ever leave, I will go to Marina shores in Portage. That is another great marina with fuel docks, a pool, good slip rates and a great restaurant.

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Post Posted: 08:14pm - Feb 12,17 
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Thanks guys! I appreciate it!

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Post Posted: 08:08am - Mar 11,17 
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what is the earliest you can use the launch ramps..

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Post Posted: 01:12pm - Mar 16,17 
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Sorry Lt., haven't visited this board in a bit. When the wind is from the wsw you can get a whiff of Amaizo. Might not bother some, but I personally can't stand it. I was out this winter after perch and the wind was perfect for the aroma when we got back in. In fact I made the comment to my buddy that I wouldn't dock my boat there just for that reason. The facilities however, are top notch.

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Post Posted: 02:44pm - Mar 16,17 
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it. Just a couple questions as I move forward with the decision. Is there a preference for which slip/dock if I have a choice. I'm not a partier, so prefer something away from that scene if practical. Secondly, does Indiana DNR have any issues with an Illinois registered boat docked in an Indiana marina for longer than 60 days. I know there is a regulation on that, just not sure if they enforce it. The simple fix to that is to just pull the boat for a day to do "maintenance" and then put it back in the water.

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Post Posted: 12:56am - Mar 21,17 
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Main dock has less partiers then the bin wall.
Indiana doesn't enforce the 60 day rule on Lk Mi.

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Post Posted: 09:34am - Mar 21,17 
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Thank you!

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Post Posted: 07:47am - Mar 9,19 
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I Have bounced back and forth from Pastrick / east Chicago for years
there are good and bad things with both

one thing that I hated about Pastrick
when the wind blows the rite way you got a horrible coat of mill dust RED that stained my white fiber glass
fishing early spring was better there in early spring security was pretty much non extant there most of the time
recently new docks but took out half the slips

I love Hammond
especially since they closed the state line electric plant NO MORE COAL DUST
nice rest rooms great security great free entertainment and functions all season long
clean locker rooms for slip holder separate nice rest rooms for visttors
long list of other thing little closer for me to get there
B-6 stop by any time

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