Practically year round you can find the windsurfers out on Wolf Lake. With a few exceptions, motorized boats are not allowed on Wolf Lake so this is a perfect place for windersurfers.
Equipment: This picture was taken in March 2005, obviously at this time of the year you need a wetsuit! If we have a warm summer, the lake is fairly small and a wetsuit is not required. And needless to say, you need to bring your own windsurfer.
You will frequently see ice boats out on Wolf Lake but my husband takes ours out on George Lake which is much smaller and also much shallower should the ice crack.
Me? I don't think that having to cover every inch of my body and still end up being cold sounds like all that much fun :-) Not to mention going 60 mph on a giant ice skate with a sail!
Equipment: Bring your iceboat, a helmut and enough clothes to cover every square inch of your body several times over. David also uses pocket warmers to keep his hands from freezing, too bad they don't have ones for thumbs!
I've had mixed feelings about this project as I've watched it's construction.
On the one hand it is a beautiful golf course built on what was once "Bairstow Mountain", a slag (by product of the steel industry) dump. Local citizens had worked for years to try and preserve George Lake, once targeted for sand mining and garbage dumping; this project included the purchase of this wetland area.
On the other hand, a larger portion of the south basin of George Lake has been filled in than was originally projected and the project's original estimates of $13 million have ballooned to over $33 million.
Hammond has a series of bike trails starting with the George Lake bike trail (.9 miles), merging into the Wolf Lake bike trail and with a bit of work you can get to the bike trail that runs through Whihala Park along Lake Michigan. Hopefully some day they will all be connected.
There's a small yacht club, Illiana Yacht Club, tucked on the other side of Wolf Lake that hosts weekend and holiday regattas during the summer. This is the perfect place to store and sail smaller boats and I hear they are always looking for crew.