US Coast Guard Station Michigan City


10 On the Lake, Michigan City, IN 46360

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USCG Station Michigan City is located at the mouth of Trail Creek and in operation since 1888. Coast Guard Station Michigan City is the sole Lake Michigan unit in Indiana. Station Michigan City’s missions include Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Marine Environmental Protection. In the winter months, Station Michigan City is designated as an ice capable unit and trains for rescue operations on the ice. The station’s area of responsibility is encompassed by a line from the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline at 41-53’N, thence northwesterly to 42-04’N 087-00’W, thence southwesterly to shore at 87-14’W, thence easterly along the shoreline to the point of origin. The station responds to an average of 125 search and rescue cases a year, assisting nearly two million dollars in property.


U.S. Coast Guard Base Milwaukee, initially a depot for the Ninth Lighthouse District, was constructed in 1907. Used to store, maintain, and repair vessels and shore-based facilities, Base Milwaukee was part of the Milwaukee Port District, located on the Kinnickinnic River connecting to Lake Michigan. In 1967, Base Milwaukee moved to the present day building for Sector Lake Michigan. Once there, Station Milwaukee and MSO Milwaukee followed suit and arrived in 1970, establishing Group Milwaukee.


Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the station took on the important mission known as ports, waterways, and coastal security.[2] The mission includes regular security patrols along the Indiana and Michigan lakeshore to prevent, and protect against potential sabotage by terrorists. The station also conducts many law enforcement boardings to make sure the operator of the boat follows safety guidelines.


Today, the station houses both a 45-foot and a 25-foot response boat used for search and rescue and for law enforcement. The jurisdiction for the Michigan City station, which is considered a small boat station, is between Wells Street Beach in Gary and Union Pier, Michigan.


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 inter-coastal 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.

Sector Lake Michigan’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel.



The nearest major airport is South Bend Regional Airport (SBN / KSBN). This airport has domestic flights from South Bend, Indiana and is 36 miles from the center of Michigan City, IN.


Another major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW / KMDW), which has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 65 miles from Michigan City, IN.


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website

Kindergarten is not mandatory in Indiana, but almost all children in Indiana already begin kindergarten at age 5. It is so common to start school at age 5 that most people assume that kindergarten is mandatory when a child is eligible. Parents can decide if their under-age-7 children are ready for school.

Michigan City Area Schools
Joy Elementary School
Martin T Krueger Middle School
Michigan City High School

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​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

LaPorte County Health Department (219) 874-5611
The LaPorte County Health Department is committed to the health and welfare of the citizens of LaPorte County. Here you will find information on important public health matters, frequently requested forms, and a variety of links to public health resources on the web.

Indiana Department of Child Services (219) 878-6370
The Indiana Department of Child Services engages with families and collaborates with state, local and community partners to protect children from abuse and neglect and to provide child support services.

Michiana Humane Society (219) 872-4499
Every day at the Michiana Humane Society we welcome sad, unwanted animals. Their families can no longer afford them, or did not train them, or simply do not want them any more.

Indiana State Police (317) 232-8262

Base Operator 219) 879-8371



Currently, the US Coast Guard does not offer on-base housing at Station Michigan City.

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In Michigan City, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are freezing and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 81°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 88°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 30 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 81°F and low of 66°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 21°F and high of 33°F.

The wetter season lasts 7.1 months, from March 28 to November 1, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 8.

The drier season lasts 4.9 months, from November 1 to March 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on February 3.

In Michigan City, IN, the overall cost of living index is 83, which is 6% lower than the Indiana average and 17% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Michigan City, IN, the city’s goods and services are 1% lower than the Indiana average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Michigan City is on the south shore of Lake Michigan, in Indiana. The Old Lighthouse Museum has exhibits on local maritime history and shipwrecks, and offers tours of the nearby 1858 Michigan City Lighthouse.

Washington Park has a rock garden and gazebo, plus a beach. Washington Park Zoo is home to tigers, wolves, alligators and grizzly bears. The grand Barker Mansion is a 19th-century merchant’s home.

LaPorte County delivers on attractions, destinations, and activities that create the ideal vacation vibe. Visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to arrange a ranger guided tour of the Pinhook Bog.

Michigan City offers offers incredible beaches and harbor communities you might not expect to find in the Midwest, while the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa serves up all the fun and energy of Las Vegas.

Known as the festival capital of Northern Indiana, Visit Michigan City LaPorte celebrates its history, its people, and its natural beauty all year round. Ring in spring at the Friendship Botanical Gardens, spend a summer day at the LaPorte County Fair, size up some giant pumpkins at the Westville Pumpkin Festival, and explore a winter wonderland during the Washington Park Festival of Lights.

Nothing is more exciting than the power of imagination, which is why Michigan City LaPorte cultivates such a strong arts scene. During your visit, be sure to check out art galleries highlighting local and national talent, and even try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. Art lovers must include the Lubeznik Center for the Arts on their list of places to visit. Northern Indiana’s premier multidisciplinary contemporary art space, the LCA features five gallery spaces that are refreshed quarterly with new pieces for you to visit,, a gift shop offering an assortment of souvenirs, and a performance venue where you can see everything from musicians to slam poets.

Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts will find plenty to love about LaPorte County. When you visit the zoo—located on 15 acres near Lake Michigan—you’ll have the pleasure of seeing over 90 different species of animals, including Bengal tigers, bald eagles, grizzly bears, and otters, just to name a few.
LaPorte County is also home to the Pinhook Bog, a very special kind of wetland located within the Indiana Dunes National Park.

The Pinhook Bog, which is open by reservation for ranger-guided tours, is covered by 145 acres of a floating peat mat. This fragile mat, combined with rare flora and fauna, makes the bog a must-visit for nature lovers. While you’re here, you’ll even have a chance to walk on a mat of floating peat and vegetation, which feels almost like you’re walking on a waterbed.

The only thing better than a day exploring Michigan City LaPorte is a night out! If you’re feeling lucky, visit the Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa. With 40 table games, live poker tables, and more than 1,700 slot machines, Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa is the ultimate place to try your luck. Best of all, since it’s more than just games of chance, the Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway in Michigan City LaPorte.

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