The Fawn River Watershed, located in Steuben and LaGrange Counties, Indiana, and Branch and St. Joseph Counties, Michigan encompasses 165,361 acres of land including over 70 lakes. In Steuben, Fawn River is located in the northwestern portion of the county. It is the second largest watershed in Steuben, accounting for 103 square miles of the county’s drainage. Fawn River makes up part of the headwaters which flow westerly through LaGrange County, emptying into the St. Joseph River near Elkhart, Indiana, ultimately discharging into Lake Michigan, north of the town of Constantine, Michigan.
The Fawn River Watershed encompasses many large and small lake systems north and northwest of the City of Angola. This portion of the river system involves the bulk of the county’s largest lakes that are a significant economic base for the region, including: Lake George, Snow Lake, Lake James, Jimmerson Lake, Crooked Lake, and Lake Gage. Water quality of these lakes and the others in the watershed are important not only to the residents of Steuben County, but downstream as well.