About Dewart Lake

Dewart Lake is a natural lake just southwest of the town of Syracuse in Kosciusko County, Indiana. About 75% of the population lives at the lake year-round. Dewart covers 551 acres with a maximum depth of 82 feet, perfect for wildlife viewing as well as the opportunity for plenty of recreational activities.

Lakers can enjoy water skiing, boating, and fishing with access via a northwest public boat ramp. Anglers can expect to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, spotted gar, and efforts have been made to establish walleye fishing as well. Canoeing and kayaking are a great way to spend an afternoon. Head to the lake’s central island to catch a glimpse of bird and animal life, or one of the seven species of turtle that call Dewart home. A natural shoreline and wetlands along the south shore and northeast corner afford even more nature watching locales among the cattails, pickerelweed, and water lilies.

There are ample cultural and recreational diversions in the area, including six museums highlighting specific topics from the Potawatomi Indians to Hallmark ornaments and even the evangelist baseball star, Billy Sunday. Various art galleries, theaters, concert halls, petting zoos, arcades, skating rinks, and tours on the Dixie, Indiana’s oldest sternwheel paddleboat located on Webster Lake, are easily accessible. 

Local manufacturing employers include Polywood, Parker Hannifin, Polar Kraft Boats, Travel Lite RV, and Colbin Tool Company.

Other options for entertainment include golfing, horseback riding, geocaching, hiking, and mountain biking on the Winona Lake Trail system. The Wildwood Nature Reserve is a popular bat watching location, and you can go frog watching at the Mary Thornton Nature Preserve. 

Dewart Lake is only three miles south of Syracuse and conveniently located between South Bend and Fort Wayne, which means a more urban experience is only a short drive away. Well suited for those who appreciate the great outdoors, Dewart Lake is family friendly and with so many attractions, it is not hard to see why it has become a popular vacation destination in northeast Indiana.

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