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Sylvan-Lake is the largest lake in Noble County, northeast Indiana, covering 640 acres and 16 miles of shoreline. It was formed when a dam was constructed across a tributary of the Elkhart rivers as part of a proposed ship canal from Michigan City to Fort Wayne. The town of Rome City lies along the shore of the lake, and has a permanent population of 1,615. The population swells in the summertime when seasonal residents arrive. Many beautiful homes are located on the shores of Sylvan Lake, some of these second homes for part-time residents of Rome City. The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, also known as Limberlost North, is also located on the shores of Sylvan Lake. This is the second home of the renowned author and is the sister-site to Limberlost, which is located in Geneva, Indiana. Sylvan Lake is less than an hour from Fort Wayne, Goshen and Auburn. Activities in the area include fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. An interesting attraction on Sylvan Lake is an old stone home called "The Castle," which once belonged to legendary actress Carole Lombard. Lombard was from Ft. Wayne and would often go there to visit her mother, who continued to live there. Apparently she would come to Sylvan Lake to get away from the Hollywood limelight. The Castle is located in what was called the "Narrows" which spanned the two basins of the lake. Sylvan Lake is less than an hour's drive from Fort Wayne and Goshen, Indiana.

Surrounding areas: Rome City, Indiana (1.7 mi), Westler Lake, Indiana (4.9 mi), Bass Lake, Indiana (16.8 mi), Cedar Lake, Indiana (17.0 mi), Shipshewana, Indiana (17.7 mi), Wawasee, Indiana (18.5 mi), Lake Wawasee, Indiana (19.5 mi)

Sylvan Lake Vacation Rentals

Sylvan Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn Kendallville621 Professional WayKendallville, IN5.7 mi.(260) 347-5263
Holiday Inn Express1917 Dowling StKendallville, IN6.4 mi.(260) 343-0000
Ligonair MotelLigonier MotelLigonier, IN12.5 mi.(260) 894-3323
Auburn Inn225 Touring DrAuburn, IN16.2 mi.(260) 925-6363
Holiday Inn Express404 Touring DrAuburn, IN16.2 mi.(260) 925-1900
La Quinta Inn306 Touring DrAuburn, IN16.2 mi.(260) 920-1900
Super 8-Auburn307 Touring DrAuburn, IN16.2 mi.(260) 927-8800
Comfort Suites Auburn1137 W 15th StAuburn, IN16.6 mi.(260) 920-7600
Super 8 Motel7333 N St Rt 9Howe, IN16.8 mi.(260) 562-2828
Super 8 Shipshewana740 South Van Buren StShipshewana, IN16.8 mi.(260) 768-4004
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson1175 N Van BurenShipshewana, IN16.9 mi.(260) 768-7780
Country Hearth Inn1115 W 7TH StAuburn, IN18.0 mi.(800) 280-0229
Star-lite Motel936 W 7TH StAuburn, IN18.0 mi.(260) 925-0500
Holiday Inn Express0045 W 750 NHowe, IN18.7 mi.(260) 562-3660
Holiday Inn Express-Howe45 W 750 NHowe, IN18.7 mi.(260) 562-3660
Hampton Inn Sturgis71451 S Centerville RdSturgis, MI19.5 mi.(269) 651-4210
Holiday Inn3855 N State Rd 127Angola, IN20.8 mi.(260) 665-9471
Potawatomi Inn6 Ln 100a LK JameAngola, IN20.8 mi.(260) 833-1077
Ramada Inn3855 N St Rd 127Angola, IN20.8 mi.(877) 965-5341
The Lodge @ North Webster811 Main StNorth Webster, IN21.2 mi.(574) 834-1500
Wawasee Motel707 S HuntingtonSyracuse, IN21.2 mi.(574) 457-4407
Quality Inn1301 S Centerville RdSturgis, MI21.4 mi.(269) 651-7881
Brook Pointe Inn4906 E 1200 NSyracuse, IN21.8 mi.(574) 457-4466
Essenhaus Country Inn240 US 20Middlebury, IN22.8 mi.(574) 825-9471
Lees Inn235 Frontage RdColumbia City, IN22.9 mi.(260) 244-5300
Amerihost Inn701 Connexion WayColumbia City, IN23.1 mi.(260) 248-4551
Super 8-Columbia City351 W PLZ Dr Hwy 30Columbia City, IN23.7 mi.(260) 244-2655
Courtyard By Marriott1930 Lincolnway EastGoshen, IN24.2 mi.(574) 534-3133
Holiday Inn Express2309 Lincoln Way EGoshen, IN24.2 mi.(574) 533-0200
Whitington House2170 N 650 WColumbia City, IN24.3 mi.(260) 327-3214
Sleep Inn & Suites2881 Dupont RdFort Wayne, IN24.6 mi.(260) 490-8989
Comfort Suites3302 E Dupont RdFt Wayne, IN24.6 mi.(260) 480-7030
Ramada Inn1375 Lincoln Way EastGoshen, IN24.6 mi.(574) 533-9551
Holiday Inn Express-Fremont6245 N Old 27Fremont, IN25.0 mi.(260) 833-6464
Best Western Inn900 Lincolnway EastGoshen, IN25.2 mi.(574) 533-0408
Country Inn & Suites5926 Cross Creek BlvdFort Wayne, IN26.1 mi.(260) 490-6060
Hampton Inn & Suites5702 Challenger PkwyFort Wayne, IN26.1 mi.(260) 489-0908
Lees Inn5707 Challenger PkwyFort Wayne, IN26.1 mi.(260) 489-8888
Super 85710 Challenger PkwyFort Wayne, IN26.1 mi.(260) 489-0050
Studioplus5810 Challenger PkwyFort Wayne, IN26.2 mi.(260) 490-0500

Sylvan Lake 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 29°F 14°F 1.79 in. -
February 33°F 16°F 1.76 in. -
March 44°F 25°F 2.67 in. -
April 57°F 35°F 3.34 in. -
May 69°F 47°F 3.63 in. -
June 78°F 56°F 4.17 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 3.59 in. -
August 80°F 58°F 4.00 in. -
September 73°F 51°F 3.46 in. -
October 60°F 39°F 2.79 in. -
November 46°F 30°F 2.89 in. -
December 34°F 20°F 2.61 in. -

Sylvan Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fort Wayne International airport (FWA) located about 35 miles south of Sylvan Lake in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Elkhart Municipal airport (EKM) located approximately 37 miles northwest of Sylvan Lake in Elkhart, Indiana, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located roughly 52 miles southwest of Sylvan Lake in South Bend, Indiana, the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located around 52 miles north of Sylvan Lake in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and finally the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located about 57 miles north of Sylvan Lake in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Sylvan Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun SpotAngolaIN20.8 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN21.2 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI69.3 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN89.7 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI58.5 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI103.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Limber Lost Golf CourseRome CityIN1.2 mi.
Cobblestone Golf CourseKendallvilleIN5.5 mi.
Noble Hawk Golf LinksKendallvilleIN5.5 mi.
LaGrange Country ClubLaGrangeIN12.4 mi.
Garrett Country ClubGarrettIN15.1 mi.
Cedar Lake Golf CourseHoweIN16.7 mi.
Bridgewater East Golf ClubAuburnIN17.6 mi.
Bridgewater West Golf ClubAuburnIN17.6 mi.
Deer Track Golf CourseAuburnIN17.6 mi.
Eel River Golf CourseChurubuscoIN17.7 mi.
Maxwelton Golf ClubSyracuseIN20.2 mi.
Bledsoes Lakeview Golf CourseAngolaIN21.1 mi.
Hidden Valley Golf ClubAngolaIN21.1 mi.
Lake James Golf ClubAngolaIN21.1 mi.
Zollner Golf Course at Tri State UniversityAngolaIN21.1 mi.
South Shore Golf CourseSyracuseIN21.3 mi.
Green Valley Golf CourseSturgisMI21.4 mi.
St Joe Valley Golf ClubSturgisMI21.4 mi.
Crooked Lake Golf CourseColumbia CityIN24.1 mi.
Links of Eagle GlenColumbia CityIN24.1 mi.
Parmore Golf CourseNew ParisIN24.5 mi.
Tomahawk Hills Golf ClubJamestownIN24.8 mi.
Little Bighorn Golf ClubPiercetonIN26.8 mi.
Arlington Park Golf CourseFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Autumn Ridge Golf ClubFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Cherry Hill Golf ClubFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf ClubFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Colonial Oaks Golf CourseFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Fairview Golf CourseFort WayneIN27.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI37.1 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI66.5 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI108.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI113.6 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH117.8 mi.
State Parks
Chain O'Lakes State ParkIN10.8 mi. 
Pokagon State ParkIN22.6 mi. 
National Automotive and Truck MuseumAuburnIN17.0 mi.(Technology)
Lincoln MuseumFort WayneIN26.9 mi.(History)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN48.6 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN48.6 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN48.6 mi.(Art)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI57.1 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI57.1 mi.(Art)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI58.5 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN26.9 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN48.6 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI58.5 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH93.5 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI95.3 mi.

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