hammond in


Hammond, IN

Lat: 41° 41.725   Long: 087° 30.244

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 9
  • Charts: NOS 14929
  • 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) 853-6490
Hospital(219) 932-2300
Pharmacy(219) 655-5028


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Chicago, IL 13 N Michigan City, IN 33 E
Racine, WI 69 N St Joseph, MI 61 NE
Milwaukee, WI 92 N Ludington, MI 157 NE
Manitowoc, WI 158 N Frankfort, MI 201 NE


Hammond IN was settled by German immigrants in the 1840's. Within 30 years, Hammond had become an industrialized center with a large and growing meat packing industry. Other industrial sectors soon developed including steel, chemical and commercial goods manufacturers. Although a separate municipality, Hammond IN today is part of the huge 'Chicagoland' urban region. Despite its industrialized nature, Hammond IN has preserved much of its turn-of-the-century, victorian architecture. Over $500 million dollars was invested in a complete redevelopment of its waterfront casino and harbor. It re-opened with nearly 1,000 slips.


The approaches to Hammond IN are clear from the northeast and east. From the north, there are obstructions to be aware of.

Coming south from Chicago and points north, take a clearing bearing from Four Mile Crib Light (Fl WHITE+horn, visible 9.5 nm offshore) off Chicago to "R 2" light buoy (Fl RED+RACON). This bearing is approximately 153°T. (Click here for an description of clearing bearings.) Stay to the east of this clearing line to avoid the numerous shoals that lie offshore.

At "R 2", alter course to approxiamtely 187°T on a bearing to buoy "R 4" (Fl RED). From "R 4", a course of approximately 213°T will bring you past the Hammond Intake Crib Light (Fl WHITE, visible 5.96 NM) to the entrance to Hammond Marina. The entrance is on the southeast side, marked with a Fl RED light and, on the inner pierhead, a Fl GREEN light.

On your approach, be aware that there is a submerged breakwater lying about 200 ft/61 m off the harbor breakwall. It is marked with a row of 4 Fl WHITE lights.

Lay a course to the Hammond Intake Crib Light (Fl WHITE, visible 5.96 NM). Note the charted Indiana Shoals. Charts show sufficient water over them but the word 'shoals' should always focus your attention. From the Hammond Intake Crib Light, a course of approxiamately 208°T will bring you to the harbr entrance. The entrance is on the southeast side, marked with a Fl RED light and, on the inner pierhead, a Fl GREEN light.

On your approach, be aware that there is a submerged breakwater lying about 200 ft/61 m off the harbor breakwall. It is marked with a row of 4 Fl WHITE lights.


Hammond Marina   (219) 659-7678   VHF 9
Hammond Marina has 918 slips with about 3 dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a large fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. There is water and power available at all slips. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is also a well-stocked ships store on-site. The marina is adjacent to the large Horseshoe Casino.

Hammond Yacht Club   (219) 659-9030   
HYC is located within the marina, in the south corner, by the Horseshoe floating casino. They do not have docks as they use the marina slips. There is a clubhouse with restroom facilities. There is also a kitchen and bar/lounge.


There are no marine repair facilities in Hammond Marina.

Strack & Van Til grocery store is about 1 mi/1.6 km south of the marina.

Horizon Bank, located .5 mi/1 km from the marina has counter service and ATMs.


Franciscan St Margaret Hospital (219) 932-2300 is 6 mi/10 km south of the marina. This is one of the largest acute-care hospitals in nothern Indiana.

Rite Care HealthMart Pharmacy (219) 655-5028 is located 2 mi/3 km from the marina.


Hammond Indiana is part of Chicagoland - there are restaurants and pubs everywhere! For starters, Jack Binion's Steakhouse is located in the Horseshoe Casino, right at the marina. Open 24 hours, the Purple Steer is a casual restaurant with classic American family fare. Keith's is a popular local pub. Up For Grabs Inc. is a family-owned pub with a good local reputation - they serve fresh perch daily plus a variety of other good pub food.


History buffs would enjoy the John Dillinger Museum Science enthusiasts, especially those with children on board would enjoy the Challenger Learning Center, focused on space science education. There is live theatre at . Hammond Marina has beaches on either side. The Hammond IN visitors site (part of the South Shore tourism area) will give you more ideas on how you can enjoy your time here.

Return from Hammond IN to Lake Michigan

Return to Home Page

Something To Add To This Port Review?

Do you have a great story about this port? Met some memorable people? Found a great bar or restaurant? Is there something about this port that other sailors should know? Here's your chance to add your voice!

Please reference the Port you are writing about (makes it easier to keep track). Small changes or updates will be done as I receive them.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I cannot post anonymous submissions or reply to questions without it. It will never be included in your submission.

Commercial submissions will be replied to separately.

Enter Your E-mail Address
to subscribe to Rhumb Line for updates and new port reviews
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Your e-mail address is totally secure.
It is used only to send you
Rhumb Line.
You may unsubscribe at anytime

Click here for details.