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The Little Calumet River Levee Trail zig-zags east-west between Gary and Munster in Lake County, bringing residents to the river and its wetlands, and offering ample opportunities for birding and wildlife watching. The trail is paved and nicely maintained, suitable for walking, jogging, biking and other non-motorized uses.
The trail exists in two sections, with a 0.6 mile gap in between. The east segment begins near Indiana University Northwest campus and heads west through Lake Etta County Park and the riverside wetlands in Griffith, up to the railroad tracks. The west segment picks up a half-mile later, on Cline Avenue and continues through the wetlands, Homestead Park to the17-mile Erie Lackawanna Trail, with which it shares right-of-way for about a mile and a half, past the Wicker Park golf course and across the river. The Erie Lackwanna Trail then pivots north, while the Little Calumet River Trail continues west through Riverside Park before ending at the Monon Trail.
The Little Calumet River Trail is an off-street trail with very short on-street connections in parts. There are also street crossings along the route, and caution should be taken at these points.
Parking options from east to west include:
A copy of the trail map can be found at the links on the right-side of this page, or you can pick up a hard copy at the Indiana Welcome Center at Hammond.
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