Hamilton is a town located on the border of Steuben and DeKalb Counties. The town was platted by Dr. Samuel Tuttle in the 1830s. Dr. Tuttle sold most of the plat, and eventually the town of Enterprise was renamed “Hamilton” and incorporated in 1844. Today, the town is mainly a resort town that sees an influx of vacationers known colloquially as "lakers" during the summer months.
The main feature of the town is its namesake lake which the town was built around. Hamilton Lake covers over 800 acres with a depth of between 70-90 feet, making it the fourth largest lake in Indiana. Our realtors can help you find the perfect home in this lakeside community. Live where others only vacation, and you can enjoy what the area has to offer all year long. We know the real estate market, and we can make your hunt for a great house an easy one.
The town is reached by State Road 1, State Road 427, and Bellfountain Road, which connects to Old US 27 in Pleasant Lake. The town is close to several major cities: Angola (10 miles), Fort Wayne (35 miles), Toledo, OH (70 miles), South Bend (72 miles), Detroit, MI (113 miles), Chicago, IL (157 miles), Indianapolis (167 miles), and Cleveland, OH (175 miles). Hamilton is known as “the playground of Northeast Indiana.” We want you to join the fun! Whether you work in the area or a nearby city or town, we can help you find the home that is right for your lifestyle and budget.
Downtown Hamilton is located along the south shore of the lake, offering many restaurants, merchants, and professional services. Hamilton House Bar Restaurant is a tiki bar next to the water with bands every weekend and a varied menu of home-cooked dishes. Laker’s Food & Spirits offers a casual fine dining menu, and diners can feast on entrees like Chicken Oscar and New York strip steak.
Roger’s Harvest House serves a varied menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with service that is small town friendly. Margarita Beach serves Mexican food. Shoppers can find discount and specialty stores in town. Hamilton Village Foods makes grocery shopping convenient and easy.
The recreational activities in Hamilton include boating, fishing, and water skiing on Hamilton Lake and the two-mile Fish Creek Trail that links Hamilton’s Gnagy Park to Ball Lake in Steuben County. Gnagy Park houses baseball diamonds and a tennis association. Hamilton also includes Cold Springs Golf Course and several other golf courses nearby including Hidden Valley in Angola and Wind Wood Hollow in Edon. The recreational areas in Hamilton, Gnagy Park, Fish Creek Trail, and the Public Beach offer wholesome family fun and entertainment, physical activity, healthy lifestyle activities, and social interaction with other community members.
Steuben County offers year-round recreational opportunities in addition to the activities found around the lake in Hamilton. Residents and visitors can enjoy a ride down Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan tube at Pokagon State Park. The 1,260-acre park on Lake James has hiking trails, camping, a nature center, boat rentals, picnic areas, and plenty of places to just sit and relax. For indoor fun there are unique shopping opportunities in quaint downtowns throughout the county, at The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont, or the numerous stores in Angola.
Hamilton is a progressive town with a Redevelopment Commission that was established to address the under-utilization of land and/or barriers to development. The commission operates within the town limits. A primary focus is on the creation of new jobs within Hamilton. Entrepreneurs are very welcome in the town, and with a stable local population and a huge tourist trade, there are opportunities for those who want to start their own business here.
The following companies are some of the businesses that can be found in Hamilton: Azz Galvanizing designs, manufactures, tests, and installs products that distribute electrical power and ensures the safety of equipment from generation sources to end users; Air-Way Manufacturing has been a leader in hydraulic fittings since 1950; Halex Corporation is ranked number one in quality among major fitting manufacturers; Indiana Wire Assemblies is an electronic parts supplier; Pittsfield of Indiana, Inc. is a fabricated wire products manufacturer; and Plastic Processors and Rieke is a global leader in pump dispensers, drum closures, and packaging solutions.
Manufacturing is the most common industry in the Hamilton area. Those workers most commonly produce metal and metal products, plastics and rubber products, wood products, transportation equipment, and machinery. Other common industries in the area include construction and educational services. Those in the healthcare industry will find opportunities at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital located nearby in Angola.
The town of Hamilton lies in the Hamilton Community Schools district, consisting of Hamilton Elementary School and Hamilton Junior-Senior High School. Everyone in the Hamilton Community, teachers, administrators, and parents are part of a close community family that strives for the very best education for their children. The one constant is that students are at the forefront of each of the school’s goals, and their needs are being met with many great programs, activities, and educational courses.
Several post-secondary schools are within a 75-mile radius of Hamilton: Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, Northwest State Community College (Archbold, OH), Indiana Institute of Technology (Fort Wayne), University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne, Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI), Jackson College (Jackson, MI), and Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI).