Gary IN

Gary, IN

Lat: 41°37.676   Long: 087°19.463

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Harbor of Refuge
  • Monitors VHF: n/a
  • Charts: NOS 14927
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code219
Police(219) 881-1214
Hospital(219) 886-4000
Pharmacy(219) 886-4620


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Hammond, IN 9 NW Michigan City, IN 19 NE
Jackson Park, IL 16 NW New Buffalo, MI 28 NE
Chicago, IL 21 NW Benton Harbor, MI 35 NE


Gary IN is located in the southeastern part of 'Chicagoland' - the huge Chicago metropolitan area. Gary was established in 1906 as the home of the United States Steel Corporation huge steel mill on Lake Michigan. Named for its chairman, it grew rapidly as the steel industry expanded. However, as a one-industry town, Gary's fortunes have risen and fallen with the fortunes of the stell industry.Today, Gary IN struggles with high unemployment and crime rates. The collapse of the housing market in the United States left approximately 1/3 of all houses vacant.

Gary IN is a valuable harbor of refuge in a serious emergency. The harbor is privately owned by the United States Steel Company. It is very busy and care must be taken due to continual commercial use by large freighters. The harbor is completely open to the east.


The approach for this harbor of refuge is from the east. The approaches are clear and unobstructed. The harbor is formed by a long, .5 nm breakwater at the mouth of a .87 nm canal. The breakwater curves out into Lake Michigan from the west side of the canal entrance. The tip of the breakwater is marked with a Fl RED visible 7.4 nm offshore.

The mouth of the canal is marked with a F RED visible 5.8 nm and a F WHITE visible 6.4 nm. DO NOT enter this canal.


There is anchorage available within the harbor.


There are no services available to transient services.


Methodist Hospital (219) 886-4000 is located about 1 mi/1.6 km from the docks.

Methodist Hospital Pharmacy (219) 886-4620 is located at Methodist Hospital, about 1 mi/1.6 km from the docks. It is a 24 hour pharmacy




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