Go Jump in a Lake! The Top 5 Best Lakes Near Fort Wayne

So far this summer has been HOT and will only be getting hotter. Need a way to cool down from the summer heat? Go jump in a lake!! 

With over 35,000 miles of rivers and 100,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs, near Fort Wayne, Indiana, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay cool. 

From activities like mountain biking to kayaking and fishing, there truly is something here for everyone. If you’re confused about which lake to visit, don’t worry. Our article on the five best lakes within a short drive of Fort Wayne will help you decide.

1. Winona Lake

Just a short drive from Fort Wayne is Winona Lake. A quaint little village just east of Warsaw that’s home to great shopping, dining, swimming, boating, trails, and more! 

Cool off in the lake, rent a paddleboard or kayak from The Lakehouse, then grab something to eat from one of the local eateries including The Boathouse or Cerulean. Then top it off with some ice cream from Kelainey’s.

2. Clear Lake

Just an hours drive north of Fort Wayne you’ll find waters that are so pristine and transparent that you can see all the way down to the bottom of the lake. Watching turtles, carp, and fish in their natural habitat at Clear Lake is a great experience. 

While you’re there, check out the nearby Kasota Island Nature Preserve. The island offers jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding – definitely a hotspot for the adrenaline junkie!

3. Chain O’ Lakes

This chain of nine interconnecting lakes is a great spot to lay on the beach, take a swim, hike, or enjoy lake views from a boat. 

Hike the over 23 miles of forested trails then cool off in the lake or rent a paddleboat, canoe, or kayak to take a leisurely adventure on the lake.

4. Salmonie Lake


Salamonie Lake in Andrews, IN, just a short drive from Fort Wayne has a large 2,855 acre lake. Lounge on the beach, cool off in the water, or rent a boat from the nearby marina and go exploring. 

A campground, hiking trails, are nearby as well!

5. Pokagon Lake

Pokagon Lake inside Pokagon State Park just north of Fort Wayne near Angola has a long shoreline famous for its boating, jet skiing, and fishing opportunities as well as its beach and swimming area.

Rent a paddleboat, rowboat, or pontoon, play sand volleyball, or take the 8-mile Hell’s Point Hiking Challenge before cooling off in the lake. 

The nearby Pokagon State Park is well worth the visit for its wildlife sighting opportunities. Photographers and artists love to visit the area to get inspired and capture the views.

Visit the Best Lakes in Indiana Today

The scenic lakes near Fort Wayne Indiana are well worth the visit for their beauty, magnificence, and cooling waters. And, all within a short drive from your Fort Wayne apartment.

Renting with Poplar Ridge Apartments will give you the flexibility to explore the area. Visit us to begin the process of leasing your dream affordable apartment in the best lakes district today.

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