Syracuse, Indiana



Syracuse is centrally located between Chicago, Detroit, Toledo and Indianapolis.  Syracuse provides an environment where business can flourish with an outstanding quality of life.  An abundance of natural resources, unique real estate properties and an affordable and dependable work force fosters the best in business development and family living.

The Town of Syracuse owns 61 acres of land (Syracuse 6 and 13 Technology & Industrial Park) in Benton Township, Elkhart County for the specific purpose of promoting development and redevelopment within the Town's area of urban influence.

Major Employers Number of Employees
Parker Hannifin Corporation (Rubber Parts)
Rinker Boat Company (Fiberglass Boats)
Redwood RV (Residential Fifth Wheels)
Polywood (Outdoor Performance Furnishings)
Godfrey Marine (Aluminum Boats)
Technical Services (Research and Product Development Services)
Colbin Tool Company (Metal Fabricating and Metal Stamping)
Rogers Electro-Matics (Control Systems and Regulators)
Jasper Plastics (Custom Molder Polyurethane Component Parts)
Patrick Industries (AIA Countertops)  (Granite and Quartz Countertops)


Area Statistics

Public Safety

Number of Police Dept
Number of Fire Dept Employees
Fire Department Rating: 
9 full time/4 reserves
14 full time/24 volunteers
4 (the lower the better) 

Area Cities

Hotels and Conference Centers

Visitors to Syracuse can enjoy staying at one of our two hotels, two Bed and Breakfasts or five camps.

Oakwood Resort (574) 457-7100

A 27 acre facility on the shore of Lake Wawasee.  The Oakwood facilities are popular for business and social gatherings with 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for groups.  There are 12 cabins and 10 vacation homes.  The hotel itself has 77 rooms and suites and is ideal for groups or individuals.  Oakwood's Restaurant-The Pier & Black Porch offers casual, yet elegant dining, along with a variety of alcoholic beverages at two of its bars overlooking Lake Wawasee. 

Brook Pointe Inn

A family owned and operated 30-unit Inn. The relaxed setting, impeccable service and fine amenities are appreciated by both leisure and business travelers. A gorgeous screened in porch overlooks 20 acres of meadow and wooded areas. Choose a rocker and let the world go by or head outside to enjoy nature on the walking paths. The year-round indoor heated pool is also very popular as is the unique gift shop. An 875 square foot conference room with available food service draws many meetings and retreats.

Bed and Breakfasts

Enjoyed by individual visitors and groups, all of the local Bed and Breakfasts have unique characteristics such as an indoor pool, in home theater, children's areas, lush gardens, a sauna and complimentary dining. The two Bed and Breakfasts have a total of 10 rooms to choose from.

Anchor Inn

Bittersweet Cottage B & B

Camps and Camp Grounds

Quaker Haven Camp
Cottonwood Camp
Camp Crosley
Rustic Root
Tippecanoe Camp 


Parks |
Syracuse maintains a very fine system of parks. The new Syracuse Community Center is a hub of activity for the whole family. It is located adjacent to Lakeside Park and includes a large beach, restrooms, gazebo, skate-park, playground and shelter. Three other parks are spread throughout town, which provide swimming, playground, fishing and boating activities.   Music is the soul of the community and the Community Concert Series provides entertainment throughout the summer.

The master plan for the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails project calls for over 30 miles of trails and sidewalks to be created. The trails are wide and perfect for jogging, walking, bicycling and skating. While most of the trails that have been completed are within the town of Syracuse, new construction has started that will eventually extend around both Syracuse and Wawasee Lakes.

Fish and Wildlife
The Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area has 3,546 acres of land with 650 acres of lakes. It is perfect for bird watching, hiking, hunting and fishing.

Wawasee and Syracuse Lakes
Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake in Indiana. With access to Syracuse Lake, there are more than 3,500 acres of water for year-round recreation including swimming, fishing, boating, skiing and relaxing. In the winter the lakes are great for skating, ice fishing, skiing and snowmobile riding. Jet skiing, fishing tournaments and water skiing are some of the activities available on the lakes.

Golf Courses

Course Name Private/Public # of Holes Distance Website / Phone
South Shore
Wawasee Golf Club
Big Boulder
Tippecanoe C.C.
Timber Ridge 
9 (Par 3)
0.8 mi
2 mi
3 mi
6 mi
7 mi
9.4 mi

Municipal Pier

The newly redone Municipal Pier is a public pier that provides boaters with the opportunity to dock at the pier and to visit the beach, Community Center or Main Street. The pier is at the eastern end of Main Street and allows for an easy walk to restaurants, the movie theater and shopping.

Education and Childcare

The Wawasee community school district is comprised of the communities of Milford, North Webster and Syracuse, Indiana. The mission of the school corporation is to develop the academic, social and artistic skills of students so they will be productive, responsible citizens. This mission is taken to heart and can be seen in the accomplishments of the students. Preparing students to meet the challenges of the future is a daily practice of the Wawasee school community.  

The Wawasee School district is a part of the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative. The goal of this cooperative is to give high school students the chance to acquire experience in a career area, enabling them to make informed decisions about postsecondary education and/or employment. Programs such as this help students bridge the gap between high school and the "real world."

The opportunity to offer internships to high school students is a great benefit to business in the Syracuse community.

Wawasee Community School Corporation Statistics

SAT Average Score
Graduation Rate 

Educational Attainment in the Syracuse Area (population over 25 years)

High School graduate or higher
Bachelor's degree of higher 

Childcare Options

Natural Wonders Preschool
Lakeland Community Learning Center
Lakeland Youth Center
Little Lambs Day Care 

Higher Learning (within 50 miles of Syracuse)

University of Notre Dame
Indiana University-Purdue University
Indiana University-South Bend
Southwestern Michigan College
Manchester College
Glen Oaks Community College
Ancilla College
ITT Technical Institute 
Ivy Tech Community College
Indiana Institute of Technology
University of St. Francis
Tri-State University
Huntington University
Brown Mackie College
Indiana Business College
International Business College 
Andrews University
St. Mary's College
Bethel College
Grace College
Goshen College
Holy Cross College
Taylor University

Other Community Assets

Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library
Located in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical The library is an information center providing resources in a variety of formats to serve the needs of the citizens of Turkey Creek Township, including the Town of Syracuse.  It is funded through local property tax assessment.  Borrowing privileges are extended to all residents and property owners of the taxing area and to the students of the Wawasee Community School Corporation.

Due to the proximity of Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, many of the Library's patrons are summer residents.  All students from the Wawasee Community School Corporation are eligible for free library cards regardless if they are residents of Turkey Creek Township.

The library has a full range of materials to choose from, including a large print book section, periodical section, audio book section, video (both VHS and DVD) section, as well as many volumes of reference materials in addition to fiction and non-fiction selections (children, adults and young adults).  There is a local history section, with volumes outlining the history of Kosciusko County and Indiana history in general.  The microfilm collection includes local newspapers dating from 1875 through 2004 (as of 2009); physical copies of local newspapers are kept in the library for five years after the publication date.  There are approximately 87,000 library visits each year.

Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum
Located in the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum offers a glimpse back in time.  It occupied a room in the Syracuse Library until 2002, when it moved to its current location in the Syracuse Community Center.

Center Stage at the museum is the 1905 Mier car designed and built by local resident, Sheldon Harkless. Mr. Harkless sold the car's design rights to the Mier Carriage Co. of Ligonier. The company produced only about 10 cars and this is one of the two known survivors.

Center Stage at the museum is the 1905 Mier car designed and built by local resident, Sheldon Harkless.  Many other items are on display, including a complete collection of class portraits of graduating classes of both Syracuse and Wawasee High Schools; an extensive collection of Native American artifacts found in surrounding fields; a 400 year old grandfather clock; the telephone switchboard from the Spink Hotel and several oil paintings (by Ken Harkless) of scenes depicting life as it was years ago in Syracuse.


CSX railroad tracks run west and east through the town of Syracuse.  Commuter train service is available from South Bend to Chicago. Amtrak provides passenger service from Elkhart to Chicago and New York.

Freight service is provided east-west by CSX and North-South by Norfolk-Southern.

Airports Distance from Syracuse
Goshen Municipal Airport
Airport Manager (574) 533-8245 
8 mi
Nappanee Municipal Airport
Airport Manager (574) 773-2151 
11 mi
South Bend Regional Airport
Airport Manager (574) 233-2185 
51 mi
Warsaw Municipal Airport 16 mi
Fort Wayne International Airport  52 mi
Gary Chicago International Airport  113 mi
Chicago Midway International Airport 144 mi
Indianapolis International Airport  146 mi
Chicago O'Hare International Airport 155 mi
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 196 mi

Highways Distance from Syracuse
US 6
US 33
US 30
US 20
Interstate 80/90
Interstate 69
SR 13

2 mi
5 mi
18 mi
20 mi
27 mi
38 mi
0 mi


Water is supplied by the Town of Syracuse and comes from (3) wells.  The water has a capacity of 2.3 gallons per day with a usage range of 350,000 to 700,000 million gallons daily.  The Town has above ground storage tanks which hold (1) million gallons.  | 574-457-3229

The Town of Syracuse provides primary and secondary treatment.  Present capacity is 1.05 million gallons per day, present normal flow is 500,000 gallons per day. | 574-457-3229

Natural Gas/Electric
(NIPSCO) Northern Indiana Public Service Company is an investor owned company and furnishes electricity and natural gas to the greater Syracuse area. | 1-800-262-6477

(NREMC) Northern Rural Electric Membership Corporation is a consumer owned corporation that also provides service to the Syracuse area. | 1-800-542-6339

Century Link provides telephone service in the greater Syracuse area, including high speed DSL) internet and bundled packages. | 1-866-380-9990

U4 provides telephone service in the greater Syracuse area, including internet access nationwide. | 1-877-562-2584

Mediacom (Comcast) provides broadband internet, digital cable TV and digital phone service to the Syracuse area. | 1-866-755-2225