Syracuse Lake

Syracuse, IN
Lake Facts

Overview Information

Lake Size

411 Acres

Max Depth

34 Feet

Average Depth

13 Feet

Watershed Size

24498 Acres


Lake Wawasee from the South


Turkey Creek to the west


Public; .25 mi E on SR13 on Medusa St. in Syracuse; Handicap accessible


Boat, Fish, Swimming – Public Beaches at Lakeside Park on north shore of lake and at Hoy’s Beach on Henry St. on northwest shore

Lake Bottom

Clay, Muck, Sand

Best Fishing

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear, Northern Pike

Lakefront/ Channelfront Total Gross Assessed Value


Data and research

Syracuse Lake


12-Digit Watershed Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See the boundaries of Syracuse Lake’s watershed.

Watershed map

Aerial Map

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

See Syracuse Lake’s bathymetric map.

Aerial Map

Original Research from the Lilly Center

2021 Your Lake, Your Story

Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Your Lake, Your Story tells the story of seven lakes (including Syracuse Lake) 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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2016 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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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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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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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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    Additional studies and fact sheets are just one click away. Learn about boating, zebra mussels, blue-green algae and more!