Memorial Day Weekend Starts the Tourism Season in Starke County

Rich Wieczorek

The Memorial Day Weekend is the “kick-off” for summer fun in the area. Rich Wieczorek, spokesperson for the Tourism Board in Starke County, is in to tell us about the guides that are available at the tourism office in the Chamber Depot.

“Right now we’ve got the Visitor’s Guide and it’s information for people coming into the county because when the come in the county, where do they go? Well, they pick up the Visitor’s Guide and there it is. The festivals are in there, recreation, antique shops, places to eat, and if they don’t have a place to stay, lodging is listed. At the same time, the campgrounds are all opening up now. The Bass Lake Beach and Campground will have free Wednesdays again and Hickory Hills is going full blast too.”

Tourism in Starke County is good for the economy, according to Rich.

“I look at tourism being great for anybody coming into the County. Whether it be the Farmer’s Market, the beach or the Railroad Museum, it’s all tourism and that’s what’s all about.”

Bass Lake and Koontz Lake are a big draw to Starke County and if you listen to Rich, the fishing at Bass Lake is fabulous.

“I snuck out the other day and caught a couple of big striped Bass out there and it made my day.”