It can get boring during the Pandemic during the winter months, however Sledding happens to be a socially distant activity for Family Fun in Northwest Indiana. In spite of the Pandemic, we suggest getting out and having some good, clean outdoor fun. Here’s a list of places to go sledding for your winter pleasure.
Sledding in Northwest Indiana
• Centennial Park – Munster – 901 N. Centennial Dr. (219) 836-6930 .
• Hidden Lake Park – Merrillville – 6355 Broadway, 219.980.8790 .www.rosstownship.org/
• Heron Lake Park – St. John – 11960 Osage Dr. 219-365-6465 option 7.
• Lemon Lake County Park – Crown Point – Sledding open Dec. – Mar. when adequate snow base allows. 9am-5pm, No wooden or metal runner sleds allowed, sled Rental available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call the park at 219-663-7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building (to see if the hills are open) or 219-663-2418 or 769-PARK. 6233 W. 133rd Ave., Crown Point, Click here
• Oak Ridge Prairie County Park – Griffith – Sledding open Dec. – Mar. when adequate snow base allows. 9am-5pm, No wooden or metal runner sleds allowed, The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents, Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Call 219-884-7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out. No Rentals available, 301 South Colfax Street, 219-922-1248 or 769-PARK. Click here
• Northlake park, Calumet Ave and Harrison Place, Dyer
- Lakewood Park – Munster – Sledding weekends only, Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 1-4, $5 per car non-resident fee, 9701 Columbia Ave., 219-836-6927.
• Lake County Fairgrounds – Crown Point – A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages, 889 S Court St, Crown Point, IN 46307, 219.663.3617. https://www.lakecountyin.org/portal/group/fairgrounds
• Liberty Park – Lowell – W. Main St & N Liberty St., Lowell, Indiana. http://lowell.net/ParksDept/p/about
• Dowling Park – Hammond – 175th & Parrish Avenue, 219-853-6378.
• Forsythe Park – Whiting/Hammond – 119th Street and Calumet Avenue, Dawn to dusk daily Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available, 219.659.7678 or 853-6378,
• Lost Marsh Golf Course – Hammond – Sledding with more than 4 inches of snow, north side of the parking lot, 219.659.7678 or 853-6378. http://www.lostmarshgolf.com/
• Meadows Park – Highland – 9400 Southmoor Ave, (219) 838-0114. www.highlandparks.org
• Stoney Run County Park – Hebron – 7 a.m. to sunset daily, Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, no rentals during school hours, Intermediate and advanced cross country skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges, 142nd and Union St. Leroy, Indiana, 219.996.6500 or 769-PARK. click here
WHITING: Wolf Lake Bridge East of Calumet Ave., Toll Road hill on 108th Street Before Stateline Ave., Bridge on Hohman Ave., by Strack ‘N Van Till, Lost Marsh, Back side of Wolf Lake at 129th Street, and Whiting Lakefront Park, 1500 Park Rd.PORTER COUNTY:
- Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton – Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil’s Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park – right next to a parking lot. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the Lakeshore, 1600 N. 25 E. Chesterton, 219.926.1952 or 926-1390. www.dnr.in.gov
• Forest Park – Valparaiso – sledding, tubing, tobogganing, snow boarding (with straps or bindings on board), $1.50 fee, Holiday hours: Mon. – Fri. 10-9; Sat. 10-9 & Sun. 10-6, 1158 Harrison Blvd, 462-5144 #6. www.valpoparks.org
- Rogers Lakewood Park – Valparaiso – Sledding, tubing, tobogganing, snow boarding (with straps or bindings on board), $1.50 fee, shelters, & concessions, Closed Mon-Thurs, Fri., 5-9; Sat. 10-9; Sun. 11-6; North Meridian Rd, (Campbell St.), 462-5144 #6. www.valpoparks.org
- Sunset Hill County Park – Valparaiso – South of I-94 & Indiana Toll Rd., corner of US 6 & Meridian Rd.) Heated Restrooms, 465-3586. Click here
- Countryside Park – Tubbing – Portage – 5250 E. U.S. 6, 762-1675. https://www.inportageparks.com/countryside-park/
• Imagination Glen – Portage – Sledding, 2275 McCool Rd., 762-1675. https://www.inportageparks.com/imagination-glen/
- Olson Memorial Park – Portage – Sledding Hill, 6175 Sunrise Ave., 762-1675. Youtube video:
- Woodland Park – Portage – small hill, 2100 Willowcreek, 762-1675. https://www.inportageparks.com/woodland-park/Marquette Park, (near the lagoon) 1 N. Grand Blvd, Gary, 219-938-7362 http://marquetteparkgary.org
• Kesling Park – LaPorte – Sledding, no snowboarding, 18th Street, 326-9600 , www.cityoflaporte.com
• Red Mill Park – LaPorte – no snowboarding, just south of Michigan City off U.S. Highway 421, 0185 S. Holmesville Rd. LaPorte, IN 46350, 325-8315 or 325-8316. http://www.laportecountyparks.org/redmill.html
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