Winona Lake, Indiana, USA

Winona Lake is a 562-acre recreational, natural lake near the towns of Warsaw and Winona Lake in northern Indiana. The 18,730-acre Winona Lake watershed consists of land used for agriculture, forest, and urban development. Originally called Eagle Lake in 1886, the Beyers brothers purchased acreage on the shores of the lake and opened Spring Fountain Park, a summer resort and amusement park. Many of the cottages from that time still – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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All About Winona Lake

Lake Locations: USA - Midwest - Indiana - North -

Winona Lake is a 562-acre recreational, natural lake near the towns of Warsaw and Winona Lake in northern Indiana. The 18,730-acre Winona Lake watershed consists of land used for agriculture, forest, and urban development. Originally called Eagle Lake in 1886, the Beyers brothers purchased acreage on the shores of the lake and opened Spring Fountain Park, a summer resort and amusement park. Many of the cottages from that time still remain, creating a summer resort atmosphere even today. The oldest building in the area is the Winona Hotel, which was constructed in 1887 and predates Winona Lake as it is called today.

Summer resort activities, as well as winter sports, are very popular on the lake and include swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, tennis, kayaking and canoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, and wildlife viewing. For biking, walking, jogging, and rollerblading, head to the Lake City Greenway, an eight-mile, multi-use trail that connects Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Kosciusko County to the amenities of the area. Winona Lake Park is located in the town of Winona Lake and includes tennis courts, a playground, a beach area for swimming, pavilions, and picnic tables.

For off-the-lake fun, head to the Billy Sunday Museum and the Reneker Museum in the town of Winona Lake. Known for its many small artisan shops, Winona Lake is an ideal shopping spot for those looking for handmade silverware, paintings, pottery, jewelry, or wood carvings. Walkways and viewing areas around the lake offer residents of Winona Lake the opportunity to enjoy the water year-round. Warsaw, which is located on the shores of the lake, is known as the “Orthopedic Manufacturing Capital of the World.” Visit Center Park, located on Center Lake in Warsaw, to see gardens, beautiful parks, an amphitheater, and fountains. Both towns offer bike trails, golf, shopping, and good food.

If shopping is not your thing, head back to Winona Lake for a great day fishing or boating. Known as one of the better bass fisheries in northern Indiana, Winona Lake is best fished in the early morning hours before the power boats hit the water. In addition to largemouth bass, anglers should expect to catch walleye and bluegills. There is a handicap-accessible boat ramp in Kiwanis Park at the northeast corner of the lake, as well as a dock and parking area. Shallow water, which extends about 200 feet out into the lake from parts of the shore, is best fished from a kayak with its flat bottom and easy access. Thick vegetation often grows here, creating a bit of problem for motor boats.

Vacation rentals and real estate opportunities are available both on the lake and in the towns of Warsaw and Winona Lake. Some of the cottages built over 100 years ago can be rented for daily, weekly, or month-long vacations. Step back in time and stay in one of these historic homes and watch the sun set over beautiful Winona Lake on a warm summer afternoon.

Things to Do at Winona Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Amusement Park
  • Shopping

Fish Species Found at Winona Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Walleye

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Recommended Sites to Book a Winona Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Winona Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Town of Winona Lake

Surface Area: 562 acres

Shoreline Length: 5 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 809 feet

Average Depth: 30 feet

Maximum Depth: 79 feet

Water Volume: 16,860 acre-feet

Drainage Area: 29 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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  • hot tub
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