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Conklin Bay Boardwalk

About the Conklin Bay Boardwalk & Trail

The Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee took on their biggest challenge in 2015, when they started the planning stages for the Conklin Bay Project what would extend our existing 11-mile of trail with one-third of mile wetland boardwalk and two-thirds of a mile concrete trail. The committee and the former director worked relentlessly on getting the percentage of funds needed so they could apply for the Next Level Trails Grant through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). On February 6, 2019, we were able to apply for this grant. On May 2, 2019, we received $1.2 million grant from the DNR for the Conklin Bay Boardwalk and Trail Project which created a lot of excitement for the committee and the Town of Syracuse. Groundbreaking took place on June 10, 2019 and construction began on October 13, 2019. 

Conklin Bay Boardwalk and Trail officially opened May 20, 2020. This trail includes one-third mile of boardwalk that goes through the Rolland Wetland Conservation Area. A total of four overlook areas are available for trail users and nature enthusiasts to sit, observe and enjoy a natural lake ecosystem. The trail continues south with two-thirds of a mile concrete sidewalk, along SR 13, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF) nature preserves and ends at Grandview Drive. While on the trail, users can explore three WACF’s walking trails through preserved and reclaimed wetlands. The trail connects to Harkless Drive and parking is available at the entrance to WACF.

The new trail adds approximately 1.37 miles to the existing 11-miles of trails continuing our vision of connected trail throughout our vibrant community.

To access the Conklin Bay trail, park at the entrance to WACF. Please observe their no parking signs and do not park by the pavilion. The desired parking location is along the right-hand side of the driveway in front of the porta-potties.

Conklin Bay Donors

The Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Conklin Bay Donors for their support during this project that spans over five years. We deeply appreciate their generosity, collaboration, encouragement and trust as we continue to make a connected community a reality!

Next Level Trails administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation
Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation
Dekko Foundation
K21 Foundation
Miller Family Foundation
Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Commission
Laudeman Family Charitable Fund
Janet and Max Laudeman

Wawasee Property Owners Association
Kenneth and Lela Harkless Foundation
The Papers, Inc.
Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc
Becky and Frank Levinson
Myaamia Vice Fund, component fund of
    Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc.
Ann and Walter Palmer
The Greenways Foundation
Deister Machine Company
Jane and Irwin F. Deister, Jr.
Stephen Fidler
Kuert Concrete, Inc.
My Red Moon/ Mark Phillabaum
Carrie and Jeff Herdich
Fayette County Foundation
A&Z Engineering
Buhrt Builders
Barb and Bill Coon
Earth Source, Inc.
Girls Night Out Organization
Janet and Phillip* Hartley
Jamie and Brian Hull
Lake Patrol part of WPOA
Angie and Joseph Racolta
Pulver Asphalt Paving, Inc.
Selge Construction, Inc.
Robert F. Smith
Wilby’s Gas & Goodies
Kay and Jim Young
Clare and Larry Baumgardt
Lakeland Animal Clinic
Animal Hospital of Syracuse
Dynamic Spine and Rehabilitation Center
Lee and Craig Doyle
Mary Beth* and Michael Gadus
Nancy and Thomas Zimmerman
Nancy and Thomas Cottrell
Susan Kirkpatrick
Robert and Kelly Kohlmeyer
Susan and Tim Stump
Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club
Warsaw Rotary Club
Cathy and Ervin Ciesialka
Edward Rodabaugh
Sarah and James Ruddell
Elizabeth and Casey Cronin
Suzanne C. Cronin
Marilyn S. Crozier
Dianne and James Kaiser
Fran and Sam Leman
Jason Metz
Tonya and Jim Thieman
LuAnn and John Wojtczak
Erlene Yentes
Fidelity Charitable Donor-Advised Fund
Ann Godsey
Andrea and Kurt Heinz
Carole and Karl Keiper
Cynthia and Layton Pergrem
John Carvey
Thomas Everett
Lora Evans Stout
* designates deceased