US Coast Guard Station Michigan City
10 On the Lake, Michigan City, IN 46360
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. 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.
Arriving at USCG Station Michigan City
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.
Sector Lake Michigan’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel.