YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the

La Porte County
Family YMCA

The La Porte County Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.


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The race is a quarter-mile lake swim, a 12.4-mile bike and a 3.3-mile run. The course begins in Soldiers Memorial Park at the Stone Lake Beach House and winds through scenic La Porte County. The triathlon, which features chip timing, includes male and female divisions for ages 12 and up, as well as team categories. Included in fee is a cinch sack, collapsible water bottle, and a dry fit shirt. Race packet pick-up will take place Aug. 2nd from 6:30-7:30 AM (CST) at Cummings Lodge during registration.

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We are fortunate to be the recipients of the La Porte High School Class of 1984's generosity and commitment to give back to the La Porte community. In lieu of a "traditional" 30th class reunion, on July 12th, beginning at 10:00 AM, they will be helping with a service project at the Y's Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation Center.  The class will be working on projects such as re-mulching of the walking trails and staining the tree house and gaga pits as well as some day to day maintenance jobs.   After they complete the service project, they will enjoy catching up with classmates at our Center with a class picnic. If you know someone that graduated from La Porte High School in 1984, please pass this information on or contact Brad Hermsen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thank you LA PORTE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1984 for giving back to your hometown community and MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

In observation of the 4th of July, all of the La Porte County Family YMCA branches will be closed on Friday.  Everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.  We will be open regular hours Saturday and Sunday.

Just an update for all this morning. Gas service to our building was restored sometime overnight. We have hot water in the building for showers and our boilers for the pool and hot tub are all operating so we're back to business as usual.

BUILDING UPDATE: NIPSCO continues to work to repair the two damaged gas mains. All gas to buildings in the surrounding areas has been shut off. The Y has been cleared by the Fire Department to be safe to re-open as there is no gas present in the air. Due to the late hour and continued parking issues, the Y will remain closed this evening. We will re-open with regular business hours tomorrow morning. However, please be advised that we do not know when gas service to our building will be restored. Until we have gas service restored, we will not have hot water and the boilers that heat the pool and hot tub will not be operating. We will keep the pool open as long as the water temperature remains safe to be used. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT POOL AND HOT TUB TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLDER THAN NORMAL AND WE WILL NOT HAVE HOT WATER FOR SHOWERS UNTIL GAS SERVICE IS RESTORED. If you have questions, you can call the Y ahead of time (219)325-9622. 

SUMMER CAMP WILL OPERATE AS SCHEDULED UNLESS THERE IS ANOTHER GAS LEAK RELATED EMERGENCY.

We would like to acknowledge our Y staff, from our leadership staff in the building to our Member Services staff, to our camp counselors who remained calm and kept our campers calm, to our lifeguards who help get elderly and disabled citizens off the school buses and safely into Lincoln school, and everyone else who all did an outstanding job of first evacuating the building, secondly, getting everyone in the building to a safe place, and then contacting all of our camp families to apprise them of the situation. 

We would also like to thank La Porte Community School Corporation, and more specifically Pam Upp,Tara Wiltfong, Diane Synal, Greg Hunt, Marc Cizewski, school board member Mike Kellems and the staff of Lincoln School for their assistance and to providing a safe place for our summer camp kids and members to evacuate to. Today was one of the finest examples of teamwork and community coming together in the face of a very dangerous situation that we have witnessed. The Y is proud to be a part of such a great community. LA PORTE ROCKS!

Due to the gas leak, the Y will remain closed this evening.  Please check back to our Facebook page or this website for updates regarding tomorrow.

Parents of campers-the YMCA has been evacuated due to a major gas line break.  CHILDREN ARE SAFE AND ACCOUNTED FOR.  All children except second and third graders can be picked up from Lincoln Elementary School.  Second and third graders are still at the Andrew Avenue location and may be picked up from there.  If your child has belongings in the YMCA, once we are able to return to the building you can come back and retrieve your child's belongings or pick them up in the morning.

The La Porte County Family YMCA will host an Open House & Ribbon Cutting for their Andrew Avenue Education and Recreation Center on Saturday, June 7th. The Open House will last from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a picnic style cookout.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be administered by the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce at 10:30 a.m. 
This event is open to the community. Bring your family for a day of fun, food and learning about the Andrew Avenue Center. Tours will be available throughout the open house.

The Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation Center has several amenities including: basketball courts, soccer fields, walking trails, tree forts, Gaga Pits, kitchen facilities, restrooms and much more.

“The Andrew Ave Outdoor Education and Recreation Center would not have been possible without the individuals and businesses who came together with their time, talent and treasure to make this location a reality,” said La Porte County Family YMCA Executive Director Cindy Berchem. 

The La Porte County Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.

We apologize for the continued issues with the hot tub.  Someone using the hot tub removed the filter cover and pushed a towel into the filter.  The towel worked its’ way through the filter and into the piping and pump.  As a result, the motor burned up.  We replaced the motor on Thursday, May 22nd and the new heater immediately overheated, indicating there are more pieces of the towel in the system.  We are now dismantling all of the pipe work to remedy the situation.  This could take several days to resolve.  We appreciate your patience.  It is unfortunate this deliberate act of vandalism is now impacting many.



The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.