Pine Lake and its surrounding lakes in Northwest Indiana offer numerous fishing and camping activities. Vacation getaways in the area are popular year-round, as each of the seasons offers its own dramatic beauty and appeal. The fall season, with its cool, crisp air and the radiant colors of autumn leaves set against the rich blues of the lakes, is particularly appealing.
If the many bed and breakfasts near Pine Lake and its surrounding region don't appeal to you, then try camping at one of the many campgrounds in LaPorte County. The Michigan City Campground offers 40 acres with bathing and restroom facilities, electric and water hookups, a laundromat and a heated pool. Nearby in New Carlisle, Indiana is Mini Mountain Campground. Accommodations include 80 acres full of numerous recreational opportunities, including a heated swimming pool, a stocked fishing pond, putt-putt golf, playgrounds, basketball court, horse shoe pits, hiking trails and a sand volleyball court.
Inland Lake Fishing
Bring your waders and visit the Pine Lake Beach on Waverly Road for some offshore angling. The beach is bordered by a marina, where you can launch your boat for free or take a stroll across the street and enjoy the trails and beauty of Soldiers Memorial Park. The park includes a channel that connects Pine Lake to Stone Lake; if you're a photography enthusiast, take the pedestrian bridge, enjoy the scenery and snap beautiful photos. Before fishing, visit a bait and tackle shop or the hardware store to purchase a fishing license, and make sure to heed the fishing regulations set by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Pine Lake, Stone Lake, Clear Lake and Fish Trap Lake, all located within a few miles of each other, are sprinkled with ice fishing huts during the coldest winter months. Pine Lake, the largest of the four lakes, is comprised of North Pine and South Pine, which are separated by a peninsula that locals refer to as "the island." The ice gets several feet thick in the winter, and sometimes fishing enthusiasts bravely park their vehicles on the lake. Pine Lake Avenue houses several restaurants that border the lake, where fishermen can find a warm meal and drink. You can find free public parking and restrooms on the lake at the intersection of Pine Lake Avenue and Indiana 39.
A number of marinas around Pine Lake offer kayak, pontoon, ski boat and houseboat rentals. Weekend and holidays often book quickly, so call ahead and make reservations well in advance. Pack a lunch and enjoy fishing or swimming on the lake from the vessel. Be sure to heed standard water navigation and boating safety rules. If you are planning to fish, ask if the vessel has a fish coffin and bait vessel.
Fishing Pole Rentals
If you're not an avid fisherman or don't have your own fishing tackle, visit the Luhr County Park Nature Center for fishing pole rentals. For a $1 security deposit, visitors can use a fishing pole and reel equipped with a bobber, sinker and hook. The 74-acre park boasts a two-acre pond stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, a variety of bluegills, redear sunfish, crappie, shiners and flathead minnows. The park also includes a pier, benches, playground, boardwalk, trails, restrooms and an observation tower. Stop by one of the many bait and tackle shops to purchase a fishing license and some bait, or scour the park for fresh slugs or worms that the local fish can't resist.