Our year-round cottage, fondly called The Birdcage, has the following features:
• Syracuse Lake view from house, with 12’ of lake frontage across the street from the house.
• Private pier to moor your boat or personal water craft, and fish.
• Shoreline great for picnics and sunsets. Shallow, sandy water for swimming.
• Open living space completely refurbished in 2016.
• Kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops, & everything you need to cook but the food.
• Bathroom has a tub/shower and double sinks. The bathroom is on the first floor.
• Both bedrooms are on the second floor. With advance notice, they can be two rooms with kings or two rooms with twins.
• Wifi and a 40” TV that is internet ready, has an HD antenna, and a DVD player.
• Front and back porch. Outdoor dining on the rear porch.
With prior permission, guests are allowed to use a canoe and/or row boat to access Bonar Lake, and a large lawn area for family games (provide your own games) and the fire pit for storytelling, laughter and s’mores.
You can boat, ski, sail, canoe, windsurf, wakeboard, Jet Ski, tube, fish (ice fish in the winter!) and swim in Syracuse Lake. Bring your own vessel and use the public boat launch which is conveniently just over 2 miles away. There is also a large boat launch at the southern end of Lake Wawasee. When you are finished for the day, park it on the south side of our pier (where the posts are covered to protect your boat).
o Please note that if you wish to go to Lake Wawasee by boat, it must fit under the railroad bridge, which has a low ceiling (approx. six feet). We own a 21' Sea Ray, and when the water is high (generally in the spring), our windshield can be very close to hitting the underside of the bridge.
o If you would like to rent a pontoon or other boat equipment, it will have to be a day rental (no docking at our pier) because the rental companies only rent large pontoons, and they do not fit under the railroad bridge.
Other local amenities and attractions include:
• Access to the seven mile long Lake Wawasee through the channel that connects the lakes.
o A favorite stop on Lake Wawasee is the sand bar, where the water is only 3-4 feet deep. With its sandy bottom, shallow water and centralized location, it's the perfect place to take a refreshing swim, float in the sun, have a picnic in your boat, or socialize with other boaters.
• The Birdcage is on the 5 mile Syracuse Lake pedestrian/bike trail, which is part of the larger Syracuse-Wawasee Trail.
• Maxwelton Golf Club (Public), is just a 3 min. drive from The Birdcage
• Just a little over a mile down the street is the Syracuse Lakeside Park beach, picnic area and playground.
• Visit Oakwood Resort by boat or land, for dining, all the Chautauqua-Wawasee arts and entertainment activities, and lakeside or boat-in Sunday morning church services.
• We always enjoy the Saturday morning Artisans and Farmers Market.
• Public and private cruises with dining on the 70 foot SS Lillypad houseboat on Lake Wawasee.
• Free tennis at the high school, a movie theatre and a bowling alley.
• The 3546 acre state Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area which offers hunting and fishing opportunities.
• Several local land and water festivals, such as the Tour des Lakes Bike Ride, Kiwanis Mini-Triathlon/Duathlon, Indiana Plein Air Artists – Art Sale, Kids Olympics, and many, many more.
• Free music concerts held in city parks on summer weekends at Lakeside Park and Chataqua-Wawasee.
• Fishing tournaments, with anglers seeking bass, northern pike, bluegill, and more.
• For football lovers, we are only 1 hour from the University Of Notre Dame.
Shopping and restaurants are plentiful in the Kosciusko County area. Local shopping is continually expanding and includes art & crafts, fashions, antiques, specialty groceries, and more. Take a look at Creative Fish Art Gallery, Absolutely Apparel and Gifts, and several antique/resale shops right near the main intersection in the heart of “downtown”.
The well-known Amish areas of Nappanee and Shipshewana are just short drives from Syracuse, and the Villages of Winona and the town of Pierceton (antique stores) are always an easy fun day trip.
There are many local restaurants: We love to boat–in to the Channel Marker for lunch and get fresh fish at Westmain Tavern for dinner. Other favorites include the waterfront Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort, Huntington Bar & Grill (best beer selection), and the long established and well known Frog Bar.