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Lake Etta, like all parks, is a program unto itself. It is especially designed to serve various needs of park visitors through its many recreation choices. Special programs held at the park are often conducted on the weekdays because the park is filled to capacity on the weekends and especially during the summer months. Even summer weekdays are often busy, used by summer schools and church day camp programs. The accessible features at the expansive playground make it especially popular to groups who serve special needs populations. Fishing, the playground, and shelter rentals remain the most used features.
Access to the Little Calumet River walking trail and canoe launch is located south of the fishing lake. The perfect place for a wedding is the Lake Etta pergola that adjoins the banquet hall. Call 219-949-6533 for reservations and menu selections.
Lake Etta was planned as one of several recreational nodes of the proposed 4,300 acre corridor of public open space along the Little Calumet River. The proposed corridor would ultimately stretch 22 miles from the Indiana/Illinois state line to Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan.
Dedicated in 1981, Lake Etta offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. Natural wetlands with its native vegetation attract numerous wildlife. The accessible features at the expansive playground make it especially popular to groups who serve special needs populations. Other features include picnic shelters, a stocked fishing lake, beach swimming, a large picnic pavilion, barbeque grills, barrier free toilets, canoe access to the Little Calumet River, fishing piers, volleyball standards, hiking trails, open play fields, and a full service banquet facility overlooking the lake and adjoining the wedding gazebo.
It is truly one of the Lake County Parks' busiest parks during the summer months.