Lake Wawasee

Turkey Creek Township, IN
Lake Facts

Overview Information

Lake Size

3006 Acres

Max Depth

81 Feet

Average Depth

22 Feet

Watershed Size

24448 Acres


Launer Creek, Dillon Creek, Turkey Creek, Lake Papakeechie Outlet


Syracuse Lake


Public; Hatchery Rd. and CR 1000N


Boat, Ski, Fish

Lake Bottom

Gravel, Muck, Sand

Best Fishing

Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Redear, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch

Lakefront/ Channelfront Total Gross Assessed Value (2012)


Fish Consumption Advisory

Bullhead 15+”: Group 3

Data and research

Lake Wawasee


12-Digit Watershed Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See the boundaries of Lake Wawasee’s 24,448-acre watershed.

Watershed map

Aerial Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See Lake Wawasee’s bathymetric map.

Aerial Map

Original Research from the Lilly Center

2021 Beneath the Surface

Lilly Center Lakes & Streams

Beneath the Surface will equip you with information that will give your family, organization or agency the ability to care for Lake Wawasee. In 2021, we learned that Wawasee’s microcystin levels were higher in the latter half of the summer and lower in the first half.

Aerial Map

2021 A year of sampling on Lake Wawasee

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Two long-standing Lake Wawasee families, the Herdrichs and the Griffiths, funded this year-long monthly sampling effort on the lake to see what’s going on under the surface in the off-season.

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2021 Your Lake, Your Story

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Your Lake, Your Story tells the story of seven lakes (including the Lake Wawasee) from the perspective of 15 families that are much like yours. After reading these books, you’ll know fascinating trivia and have home-grown recipes. Woven throughout, you’ll find original Lilly Center research about the lakes’ health.

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2019 A study of potential treatments for effective management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) in Lake Wawasee, Indiana

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species. They filter-feed on green algae but do not consume cyanobacteria, throwing the phytoplankton community out of balance. Careful recreation is important! Two of our major lakes – and maybe more of our smaller ones – are still uninfested!

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2017 Your Lake, Your Story

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Your Lake, Your Story combines scientific data with personal anecdotes to tell the story of your 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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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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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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Quantification of lake water level influences for Wawasee and Syracuse lakes: Lake and watershed water budgets for 2011, 2012, and 2013

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the causes of lake level changes during normal years and a drought year.

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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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2007 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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Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDEM)

Fish Population Survey and Shoreline Fish Community at Lake Wawasee 2005


Lake Wawasee was sampled on July 12-16, 2004 to determine the status of the fish population.

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Fishing Advisory for the General Population


Be aware of bullhead species while fishing. Do not consume more than IDEM’s suggested amount.

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