Lake Etta

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About Lake Etta

  • Location:
    4801 West 29th Avenue
    Gary, IN 46406
  • Park open 7 a.m. to sunset year round
  • Lake Etta Banquet Hall phone: 219-949-6533 or Fax 219-949-6523
  • Park Maintenance phone: 219-944-9601
  • Gatehouse (seasonally) phone: 219-944-7461

Directions to Lake Etta County Park

  • Exit 80/94 at Burr Street. Travel south to 29th Avenue, then east on 29th Avenue to Lake Etta.
  • GPS: 41.566095,-87.396653
Lake Etta Pergola
Lake Etta Lake
Lake Etta Playground

Welcome to Lake Etta

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.

Lake Etta Field

Dates of importance at Lake Etta County Park

  • 1975: Twenty acres purchased and added to Little Calumet River Recreational Corridor (Lake Etta).
  • 1977: Department assumed management of Lake Etta under inter-local government agreement with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
  • 1981: LCPRD entered into inter-local government agreement with the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission for the management of Lake Etta County Park. 
  • 1982: Received 50/50 matching fund grant from LWCF for Lake Etta County Park.
  • 1984: LWCF 50/50 matching funds grant awarded for improvements at Lake Etta.
  • 1985: Additional 50/50 LWCF grand awarded for improvements at Lake Etta.
  • 1986: Third LWCF grant awarded for Lake Etta improvements including swimming beach, handicapped water ramp, improved fishing areas and additional parking.
  • 1990: Multipurpose concession building constructed at Lake Etta.
  • 1997: The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Chicago District, and the Lake County Parks, held groundbreaking ceremony for Lake Etta recreation enhancements.
  • 1999: Dedication of new improvements at Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Stoney Run. Large group pavilion, canoe launch, trail, multi-level playground added to Lake Etta.
  • 2006: Banquet Hall and wedding pergola was added to Lake Etta County Park.
Lake Etta Pavilion

Other Great Features of Lake Etta

  • Access to the Little Calumet River trail
  • Accessible Fishing pier
  • Banquet hall and wedding pergola overlooking the lake, seats 250
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Fishing (fee/stocked)
  • Fitness trail (handicap)
  • Fitness trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Jogging
  • Large group pavilion (rental available)
  • Open play fields
  • Parking fee (when gatekeeper on duty)
  • Picnic shelters
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Recreational equipment rental
  • Swimming (guarded beach) Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (excluding Fridays August 24 and 31)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Toilets (pit)
  • Volleyball standards
  • Wedding pergola
Lake Etta Glasses
Lake Etta Fishing
Lake Etta Banquet