US Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor
4001 E. 98th St., Chicago, IL 60617
USCG Station Calumet Harbor is located on the southern end of Chicago’s lake front in Calumet Park and was originally placed into service in 1933 as Station South Chicago. Before that, the previous station bearing the same name, commissioned in 1915, was located on the north bank of the Calumet River, just inside the river’s mouth.
Early on in its history, Station Calumet Harbor serviced only the southern portion of Chicago and northwest Indiana. Staffing consisted of a Chief Petty Officer and a crew of seven, with a life boat, pulling surfboat, and a dinghy.
Over the past 73 years, Calumet Harbor’s area of responsibility has grown on four separate occasions. When Station Jackson Park first closed in 1964, when Station Chicago closed in 1969, and n 1986 when Station Wilmette became a sub-unit, which later regained its independent status in 2003. The most recent change was post-September 11 when Station Calumet Harbor picked up the remaining 120 miles of the Illinois river system extending south, nearly to Peoria, IL.
Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan is comprised of 21 Coast Guard Stations/Units that are responsible for 1,638 miles of shoreline and approximately 19,000 square miles of surface water. The Area of Responsibility for Sector Lake Michigan covers four states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan; in addition to the majority of Lake Michigan, numerous intercoastal waterways, the Chicago River, and 138 miles of the Illinois Des Plaines river system.
The Sector’s vessel inventory includes 53 boats: two 47′ Motor Lifeboats, twelve 45′ Response Boat – Medium, nineteen 29′ Response Boat – Small (Gen II), one 49′ BUSL, and three 21′ trailerable aids to navigation TANBs, plus 14 ice skiffs and two 22′ airboats.
The Ninth Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. The 6,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women who make up the Ninth District deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation and icebreaking.
Arriving at USCG Station Calumet Harbor
The nearest major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW / KMDW). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 12 miles from the center of Chicago, IL.
Another major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD / KORD), which has international and domestic flights and is 18 miles from Chicago, IL.
I-94 East through Chicago and exit at Stoney Island Parkway. Go North to 95th St. and turn Right. Go approximately 3mi. to Calumet Park. The Station is in the SE corner of the park.
Sector Lake Michigan’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel.