Cedar Lake, Indiana
Located just 45 minutes southeast of Chicago, Cedar Lake has long been known as a popular resort destination. In the 1880s, the Monon Railroad started bringing tourists from Chicago to vacation in the area. At one point there were more than 50 hotels surrounding the lake. Although these hotels have since been replaced by homes and businesses, Cedar Lake has remained a popular destination.
Cedar Lake, encompassing almost 800 acres, is the largest natural lake in Northwest Indiana. Numerous parks on the lakeshore offer picnic and viewing areas, public access, a boat launch, beaches and a fishing pier. Boating and fishing are popular summer activities on this beautiful lake. Cedar Lake Sunset Cruises have pontoon boat rides for every occasion. The Cedar Lake Yacht Club hosts weekly Sunday scow sailing and regattas. If you don't have your own watercraft, pontoon or wave runner, rentals are available for your enjoyment.
If you prefer to be out on the links instead of on the lake, visitors can choose the public course, Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, or South Shore Country Club which is semi-private.
Cedar Lake's annual Summerfest, held at the beginning of July, is a fun event for the whole family. The festival lasts four days and includes a 4th of July parade, fireworks over the lake, a cardboard boat race, a car show and a 7.6-mile run around the lake. Games, rides, live entertainment, food and a beer garden are available at the town complex, located right on the shores of Cedar Lake. The town also hosts Hometown Fest in September.
The Museum at Lassen's Resort, open during the summer months, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses special exhibits highlighting Cedar Lake's history with rooms featuring period settings.
Cedar Lake Ministries Conference and Retreat Center is a great place to host a retreat, conference or seminar. Their full-service facilities are located right on the lake and are available for almost any size group. Cedar Lake Ministries also offers seasonal family recreational and tent camping with beach access.
There is an abundance of restaurants in Cedar Lake, ranging from pizza to ice cream to pub fare. Boaters can dock at The Lighthouse Restaurant's pier, where guests can enjoy not only exceptional food, but an unparalleled view of the sunset over the lake.
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