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A Citizen & Visitor’s Guide

2018 Kiddie Parade

What's Going On at Winding Creek Cove?


WHAT: An exciting stream bank restoration and public access project. The Park Department, with funding through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program and the Donnelly Foundation, will be stabilizing the stream bank near the observation deck on the east walking trail at Winding Creek Cove. Human activity along the stream has impacted the natural buffer zone which has increased erosion on the banks of Trail Creek. To address this problem, four large natural stone fishing pads will be installed to provide access to the creek while keeping human traffic off the fragile stream bank to prevent further erosion.

WHERE: Winding Creek Cove is located on the south side of Trail Creek at 8th and Dickson Streets.

WHY: It is our mission to protect Trail Creek, a very important natural resource in our community, while still providing public access for fishing, hiking and enjoyment of the natural environment.

WHEN: Construction will take place in June and July, 2018.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: There will be no access to the parking lot or east walking trail during construction. Signs will be installed along 8th Street reading “KEEP OUT: Wildlife Restoration Area.” Please respect the signs and stay out of the area while we complete this very sensitive and important work. Walk in traffic will still be permitted on the west trail, peanut bridge and the Trail Creek Greenway trail.

BENEFITS: Native communities provide substantial benefits; long-term reduced maintenance costs, carbon footprint reduction, improved soil stability, excess nutrient filtration, stormwater runoff reduction, aesthetic enhancement, and increased habitat diversity for insects, birds, fish, amphibians, and mammals.

For more information contact Assistant Park Superintendent Shannon Eason at 219-873-1506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



This Article Could Save Your Life


By Jeremy Kienitz, MC Parks Recreation Director


Rip Currents and Beach Safety


Visitors come to Washington Park beach to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Michigan’s coastline.  Some enjoy the beach itself, while others enjoy sun bathing and sights such as the Lighthouse and Chicago skyline.   Michigan City is very fortunate to have such a beautiful attraction and recreational area to spend the summer months with family and friends.  As wonderful as it can be, Lake Michigan still presents a danger to those who visit in the form of rip currents.

Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore.  They can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including Lake Michigan, and they can be deadly.  Rip currents are particularly dangerous for weak or non-swimmers.  Rip current speeds are typically 1-2 feet per second.  However, speeds as high as 8 feet per second have been measured; this is faster than an Olympic swimmer.  Thus, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. The following tips could save your life.

  • Swim at a lifeguard protected beach
  • Never swim alone
  • Be cautious at all times!  If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.  Lifeguards are trained to identify potential hazards.  Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water.
  • Stay at least 400 feet away from piers and jetties.  Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these structures.
  • Pay especially close attention to children and elderly when at the beach.  Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing.

If you are ever caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.  Never try to fight the current or swim against it as you will tire quickly and become fatigued.  To remove yourself from a rip current swim parallel to shore.  When out of the current swim at an angle, away from it, towards the shoreline.

Rip currents cause more than 100 deaths annually in the United States and cause 80% of all rescues by beach lifeguards.  These statistics show the importance of always adhering to warnings and beach closings.  The Washington Park Lifeguard Staff is available for information while on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Please take the opportunity to ask them questions about the conditions prior to entering the water.  It will help keep you safe and could save your life!