Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary
Address 1: 825 Empress Drive
Zip Code: 46320
Directions: Lat: 41.4148 Long: -87.3044 From Portage, take Interstate 90 west to exit 0 (approximately 20 miles). Take exit 0, merge onto S. Indianapolis Blvd, and continue 0.7 miles. Take exit toward Hammond Riverboat/Marina and continue 0.3 miles. Merge onto Casino Center Dr. Once you turn into the Horseshoe Casino entrance, take an immediate right at the end of the entrance ramp. The parking lot is gated and visitors need to show ID. The entrance on the far eastern end of the site is always open.
Lat/Long: 41.701573273863886, -87.51756995916367
Though just 16 acres in size and surrounded by industry, the park provides a critical stopover for neotropical migrant birds, which funnel through the Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary in astonishing numbers. That’s why birders have long referred to this site as “The Migrant Trap.” A rough trail runs the length of the site, allowing you to scan the woods and grassy areas for birds. The main gate may be closed during winter months, but the turnstile on the east end of the park is always open. Visitors will need to show identification to access the parking lot.