Center Lake

Warsaw, IN
Lake Facts

Overview Information

Lake Size

120 Acres

Max Depth

43 Feet

Watershed Size

9611 Acres




Tributary to Walnut Creek and Lones Ditch on North side


Off of North Detroit Street (State Road 15) adjacent to the north end of Bixler Park


Boat, Fish, Swim (Public Beach in Central Park, off SR 15)

Lake Bottom

Gravel, Marl, Muck, Sand

Best Fishing

Bluegill, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch

Lakefront/ Channelfront Total Gross Assessed Value


Fish Consumption Advisory

Black Bullhead: 1-14″ – Grp.3 – 14+”- Grp.4
Bluegill: 7+” – Grp.3
Largemouth Bass: 14+” – Grp.3

Data and research

Center Lake


12-Digit Watershed Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See the boundaries of Center Lake’s watershed.

Watershed map

Aerial Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See Center Lake’s bathymetric map.

Aerial Map

Original Research from the Lilly Center

2021 Beneath the Surface

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Beneath the Surface will equip you with information that will give your family, organization or agency the ability to care for Center Lake.

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2015 Beneath the Surface

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

This is the original Beneath the Surface report, published in 2015. Learn about your lake’s health and compare it to other lakes in the county.

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Comparative Water Quality Study

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

In 2007, the Lilly Center published this baseline study which compares 30 lakes throughout Kosciusko County.

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2013 Identifying causes of high E. coli concentrations at public beaches on Pike and Center lakes in Kosciusko County, Ind.

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

The Lilly Center’s recommendations based on this study were implemented by the City of Warsaw. They resulted in a significant decrease in E.coli levels in Center Lake.

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2009 Historical Literature Review

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

This document provides a list of trusted, historical resources. It mentions this lake.

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2013 Lake Economic Impact Study: Property Value Report

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

When combined with additional property taxes generated due to lake presence, the total economic impact of Kosciusko County lakes is more than $313,383,000 annually.

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2014 Blue-Green Algae Study Final Report & Appendix

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

This paper synthesizes three years of blue-green algae research (2010-13) conducted by the Lilly Center. We have continued to study the algae and its toxin in-depth.

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