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Lake-Wawasee is located in north-central Indiana in Kosciusko County. It's just southeast of the town of Syracuse east of Indiana State Road 13. Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake in Indiana. It has a long history of early settlement and is named for Miami Chief Wawasee, which translated means "Flat Belly." Lake Wawasee has long been a summer vacation destination for residents from Chicago and Indianapolis. The Spinks Hotel (now condominiums) overlooking Lake Wawasee was a luxury hotel that hosted famous vacationers including Al Capone. With over 3,000 acres of clean water, it's a wonderful place for swimming, fishing, sailing, boating and water-skiing. The area also includes golf courses, tennis courts, shops, movie theaters and a bowling alley. Visitors can rent fishing boats, pontoon boats or jet skis at several locations around the lake. Sunbathers and swimmers often visit the sand bar, which is located about 500 yards off the south shore. The sand bar is a portion of the lake where the water is only 3 to 4 feet deep. Since the sand bar is completely surrounded by deeper water, it is only accessible by boat. Lake Wawasee is also home to two yacht clubs, and dozens of sailboats can often be spotted on the lake participating in weekend regattas. Other special events at the lake include the 4th of July fireworks display, which can be seen from most shores or from your boat. Lake Wawasee is just a short distance to the town of Syracuse, which has a population of about 2,500 residents.

Surrounding areas: Wawasee, Indiana (1.5 mi), Syracuse, Indiana (2.8 mi), North Webster, Indiana (5.5 mi), Webster Lake, Indiana (5.7 mi), Lake Tippecanoe, Indiana (13.3 mi), Warsaw, Indiana (13.7 mi), Nappanee, Indiana (15.4 mi)

Lake Wawasee Vacation Rentals

Lake Wawasee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wawasee Motel707 S HuntingtonSyracuse, IN2.1 mi.(574) 457-4407
Brook Pointe Inn4906 E 1200 NSyracuse, IN2.4 mi.(574) 457-4466
The Lodge @ North Webster811 Main StNorth Webster, IN5.4 mi.(574) 834-1500
Ligonair MotelLigonier MotelLigonier, IN7.6 mi.(260) 894-3323
Courtyard By Marriott1930 Lincolnway EastGoshen, IN12.2 mi.(574) 534-3133
Holiday Inn Express2309 Lincoln Way EGoshen, IN12.2 mi.(574) 533-0200
Ramada Inn1375 Lincoln Way EastGoshen, IN12.6 mi.(574) 533-9551
Comfort Inn & Suites3328 E Center StWarsaw, IN12.7 mi.(574) 269-6655
Days Inn - Warsaw2575 E Center StWarsaw, IN12.9 mi.(574) 267-3344
Ramada Plaza Hotel2519 E Center StWarsaw, IN12.9 mi.(574) 269-2323
Best Western Inn900 Lincolnway EastGoshen, IN13.3 mi.(574) 533-0408
Holiday Inn Express-Warsaw3825 LK City HwyWarsaw, IN13.7 mi.(574) 268-1600
Shamrock Motel1501 E Market StNappanee, IN14.5 mi.(574) 773-3193
Whitington House2170 N 650 WColumbia City, IN15.3 mi.(260) 327-3214
Amish Acres1234 W Market StNappanee, IN16.1 mi.(574) 773-2011
Super 8 Shipshewana740 South Van Buren StShipshewana, IN18.4 mi.(260) 768-4004
Essenhaus Country Inn240 US 20Middlebury, IN18.7 mi.(574) 825-9471
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1175 N Van BurenShipshewana, IN18.7 mi.(260) 768-7780
Amerihost Inn701 Connexion WayColumbia City, IN19.4 mi.(260) 248-4551
Lees Inn235 Frontage RdColumbia City, IN19.8 mi.(260) 244-5300
Super 8-Columbia City351 W PLZ Dr Hwy 30Columbia City, IN20.6 mi.(260) 244-2655
Shamrock Motel3214 S MainElkhart, IN21.0 mi.(574) 293-8922
Econo Lodge52078 SR 19 NElkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 262-0540
Hampton Inn215 N Point BlvdElkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 264-2525
Highlander Motel614 N NappanerElkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 293-5356
Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites58364 State Rd 19Elkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 296-1110
Knights Inn52188 SR 19Elkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 264-4262
Quality Inn & Suites3321 PLZ CTElkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 264-0404
Shoney's Inn26434 N PonteElkhart, IN23.6 mi.(574) 266-1940
Quality Inn300 S Main StElkhart, IN23.7 mi.(574) 264-0404
Best Western Inn Kendallville621 Professional WayKendallville, IN24.1 mi.(260) 347-5263
Echo Motel801 Bristol AveElkhart, IN24.5 mi.(574) 264-6269
Holiday Inn Express1917 Dowling StKendallville, IN24.7 mi.(260) 343-0000
Sleepy Hollow Motel1800 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN25.0 mi.(574) 264-2181
Weston Hotel2725 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN25.9 mi.(574) 264-7502
Days Inn2820 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN26.0 mi.(574) 262-3541
Red Roof Inn2902 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN26.1 mi.(574) 262-3691
Signature Inn33010 Brittany CTElkhart, IN26.1 mi.(574) 264-7222
Super 8 Motel345 E Windsor AveElkhart, IN26.1 mi.(574) 264-4457
Ramada Inn3011 BelvedereElkhart, IN26.2 mi.(574) 262-1581

Lake Wawasee Weather & Climate

Northwest Indiana has a four-season climate typical of most of the Midwest, with a few exceptions due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. Cold air passing over the warmer lake water induces precipitation in the lee of Lake Michigan in autumn and winter. As a result of this phenomena, heavy winter precipitation, especially snowfall, can extend eastward from Gary inland to as far as Elkhart. Lake-related snowfall and cloudiness can extend to central Indiana in winter, driven by strong northwesterly winds. In the spring, daily maximum temperatures decrease northward in northern Indiana because of the cooling effect of the Lake. Average daily minimum temperatures in autumn are higher in northwestern Indiana near the warmer lake surface than farther south.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 17°F 1.84 in. -
February 36°F 20°F 1.77 in. -
March 47°F 29°F 2.73 in. -
April 60°F 38°F 3.38 in. -
May 72°F 49°F 3.39 in. -
June 81°F 58°F 4.05 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 3.49 in. -
August 82°F 61°F 3.97 in. -
September 75°F 53°F 3.58 in. -
October 63°F 42°F 2.89 in. -
November 49°F 33°F 2.83 in. -
December 36°F 23°F 2.67 in. -

Lake Wawasee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 37 miles northwest of Lake Wawasee in South Bend, Indiana, the Fort Wayne International airport (FWA) located approximately 39 miles southeast of Lake Wawasee in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located roughly 66 miles northeast of Lake Wawasee in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located around 67 miles west of Lake Wawasee in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Lake Wawasee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN5.5 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN40.0 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI62.2 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN71.4 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI69.0 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI107.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Maxwelton Golf ClubSyracuseIN2.3 mi.
South Shore Golf CourseSyracuseIN2.4 mi.
Parmore Golf CourseNew ParisIN8.8 mi.
Indian Hills Golf CourseLeesburgIN8.9 mi.
Little Bighorn Golf ClubPiercetonIN14.1 mi.
Rozella Ford Golf ClubWarsawIN14.1 mi.
McCormick Creek Golf CourseNappaneeIN15.3 mi.
Limber Lost Golf CourseRome CityIN18.5 mi.
Crooked Lake Golf CourseColumbia CityIN21.2 mi.
Links of Eagle GlenColumbia CityIN21.2 mi.
LaGrange Country ClubLaGrangeIN22.2 mi.
Raber Golf CourseBristolIN22.4 mi.
Sprig OMint Golf ClubBremenIN22.4 mi.
Old Orchard Golf CourseElkhartIN23.3 mi.
Cobblestone Golf CourseKendallvilleIN23.4 mi.
Noble Hawk Golf LinksKendallvilleIN23.4 mi.
Eel River Golf CourseChurubuscoIN24.0 mi.
Cedar Lake Golf CourseHoweIN26.4 mi.
Sycamore Golf ClubNorth ManchesterIN28.1 mi.
EberhartPetro Municipal Golf CourseMishawakaIN28.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI34.7 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI66.7 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI114.6 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI118.8 mi.
State Parks
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIN17.8 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN34.2 mi. 
National Automotive and Truck MuseumAuburnIN33.8 mi.(Technology)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN34.0 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN34.0 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN34.0 mi.(Art)
Lincoln MuseumFort WayneIN35.6 mi.(History)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI49.6 mi.(History)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN54.3 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN34.0 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN35.6 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI69.0 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL104.9 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL104.9 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI109.2 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH112.8 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL114.4 mi.
Indianapolis ZooIndianapolisIN115.5 mi.

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