East Branch Little Calumet Water Trail

With significant stretches in both Indiana and Illinois, the Little Calumet River has helped link cities and towns throughout the Chicago region for centuries. The East Branch Little Calumet offers paddlers over 11 miles of varying natural scenery with two paddling trips possible. One takes you from Chesterton through Porter and ends at the Indiana Dunes National Park, and the second route lets paddlers put in and take out near the mouth of the river at Lake Michigan for an up-and-back trip. The main access point is a marina, so practice safety and make yourself visible to boats.

Website: https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm

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Little Calumet River, Portage, IN 46369

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