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If you’re interested in lake homes for rent in Indiana, take a look at Lake Wawasee. Lake Wawasee is conveniently located near Syracuse, Indiana, and has long been a popular vacation destination for the region. City dwellers in such urban hubs as Chicago and Indianapolis search out the calm, peaceful surroundings of Lake Wawasee to satisfy their need to slow down the clock and revel in a bounty of outdoor recreation.
Lake Wawasee has served generations of lake goers with its unspoiled landscapes. As the largest natural lake in the state, Lake Wawasee’s pristine waters sprawl across 3,410 acres of open space. Even when the lake is still, there’s plenty of action going on just below the surface. Twenty-eight species of fish have been identified in the lake, attracting anglers of all skill levels with the promise of a rewarding hunt. You’re sure to come across bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, and yellow bullhead, and you may also see black crappie, yellow perch, and redear sunfish. You can even enter the lake’s several fishing tournaments hosted throughout the year.
The deep valley and hills that surround Lake Wawasee were chiseled out by glaciers thousands of years ago. Today, the complex geography of the area supports fantastic recreation both on and off the lake. Because the lake is so popular and beloved by the communities it serves, several agencies work to ensure its integrity is never compromised. Such efforts keep the scenery spectacular and the accommodations supreme. Lake properties for rent are conveniently situated near numerous public boat ramps and marinas, which is very helpful for when it comes time to launch your personal or rented watercraft. Kick your speedboat, sailboat, or jet ski into top gear, as daytime speed limits are not enforced on the water. And feel free to stay idle awhile on “The Sandbar,” where you can drop anchor and splash around in 3–4 foot depths.
Spending a fun-filled day on the lake works up quite an appetite! Pull your boat up to either of Lake Wawasee’s two full-service restaurants—the Channel Marker and the Frog Tavern—to cool off and refuel. Lake front properties are only minutes away from other favorite outdoor pastimes, as well. Several local golf courses like Wawasee, South Shore, and Maxwelton, all in Syracuse, invite you to test your swing and take in the views. If you’d like to live on a Lake Wawasee area golf course, visit GolfHomes.com for details.
Lakeside restaurants accessible by boat: 3 Marinas: 2Lakeside church service — “Boat in worship” is held every Sunday at 8:30am from memorial day to labor day. This is an outdoor service held at lakeside. It is a multi denominational service.
Smokeys Bait & Tackle
574-457-5232, 802 S Lakeside Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567-2020
Pro Tech Marine
574-457-2908, 12784 N Bishop Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567-9719
(Boat Dockage, Storage and Repair)
Griffiths Wawasee Marina
260-856-2286, 9171 E Ross Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567-8577
Wawasee Boat Co
574-457-4404, 6521 E Cornelius Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567-9767
Main Channel Marina
574-457-4200, 720 S Lakeside Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567-2019
574-457-3212, 1300 S Harkless Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567-1911
Pine Crest Marine
574-457-2224, 11971 N State Road 13, Syracuse, IN 46567-9110
Lake Wawasee is routinely patrolled by conservation officers. To fully enjoy your visit (and avoid a hefty fine), observe the following tips:
Purchase the appropriate fishing license (resident or non-resident) and have it with you.
A life vest is required for each person in the boat
No boating is allowed in designated swimming areas. The lake permimeter is marked with buoys located about 200 feet from shore to designate a swimming area, which extends from the shoreline to the buoys.
When operating a motor boat in the designated swimming area, you must idle directly to the shore or to the buoys; do not operate the boat parallel to the shore in a swimming areas (this does not apply to fishing boats using trolling motors).
Channel waterways are "no wake" zones
Sailboats have the right-of-way over power boats
Running lights are required between sunset and sunrise
Maximum speed from sunset to sunrise is 10 mph
To operate a personal watercraft (jet ski), you must have a driver's license
Boats with "heads" should use the free public boat waste disposal facility on the southeast end of Lake Wawasee.
Azusa Christian Camp
574-457-8405, 13814 N Eastshore Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567-8492
Girl Scout Camp Ella J Logan Camp
574-457-2841, 203 Ems D14 Ln, Syracuse, IN 46567-7418
Cottonwood Camp Ground (5 miles from Lake Wawasee)
1767 West US 6, Ligonier, 457-4389
Local Area Businesses
South Shore Golf Course
574-457-2832, 10601 N State Road 13, Syracuse, IN 46567-9460
Wawasee Golf Club
574-457-0224, 12388 N Seth Ward Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567-9765
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