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    About Lake Manitou
    Everything You Need In Rochester

    Lake Manitou is a charming retreat in the small, yet busy, city of Rochester. With Woodlawn Hospital, Fulton County Airport, restaurants, and hotels nearby, you may never feel the need to leave town.

    South Bend is just 45 miles upstate route 35, offering South Bend International Airport, Memorial Hospital, and a list of attractions.

    775 Acres for Recreation and Relaxation

    The Potawatomi Indians first inhabited the area until the U.S government made a treaty with them in 1827 and dammed the lake in the same year.

    City developments of Rochester now surround lake Manitou. Its waters covering 775 acres and claiming eight miles of shoreline make it a well-sized city lake.

    A Watersport Lake

    Whether you come to Lake Manitou for recreation or relaxation, its waters are sure to ease your mind.

    A thrill-seeker would be pleased to know that all water sports are welcome at Lake Manitou. You will often see people water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, sailing, and jet skiing atop the waters.

    It is just as popular with kayakers, canoers, and paddle boarders that cruise the waters at a slower pace to spot ducks, birds, cranes, and other local wildlife.

    The lake’s significant population of game fish, including largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, gizzard, shad, and northern pike entertain fishers year-round.

    A public beach along with multiple boat ramps are convenient to lake residents and visitors.

    Golfing, Gambling, and Dining

    A golfer would be pleased to know that Rochester Elks Golf Course and Mill Creek Golf Course are next to the lake.

    South Bend's 4 Winds Casino is an excellent place for a fun night out. Potawatomi Zoo, The History Museum, River Lights Plaza, or The Oliver Mansion are other great attractions in the city.

    South Bend is also home to top-rated restaurants like LaSalle Grill, J.W. Chen’s, Cafe Navarre, and Tippecanoe Place Restaurant.

    Lake Life at Its Best

    Lake Manitou is a premier lake location, offering a wide range of recreation while being minutes from the conveniences and services of Rochester.