Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council

Working toward the preservation of an ecologically sound Lake Maxinkuckee and its surrounding watershed.

SAVE THE WEEPING MULBERRY

ATTENTION ANYONE WHO LOVES THE WEEPING MULBERRY TREE AT THE CULVER/UNION TOWNSHIP PARK! A SAVE OUR TREE meeting will be held at the Beach Lodge this Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - at nine o'clock in the morning! Ruth Tamminga, a wonderful volunteer who serves at the park, with loads of experience concerning living things, just came into our office to ask if we could help get the word out on this meeting. The Park Board gave a reprieve to the more 'decorative' mulberry. Attend this meeting if you want to help save the tree!!! FOR A WONDERFUL ARTICLE ON SPECIAL TREES, CLICK THE EVENTS TAB BELOW (THE PICTURE WITH THE CANOES)!

ITS POKER RUN TIME!

THE 2015 POKER RUN BEGINS AT 6:00 P.M. FRIDAY JULY 17TH! DAY OF REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 5:30 P.M. NEXT TO THE LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CULVER PARK! YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER EARLY BY FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION AND MAILING IN YOUR ENTRY FEE OF $10.00. IF YOU REGISTER THE DAY OF THE RACE, IT WILL COST YOU $15! SO DON'T DELAY, REGISTER NOW!! SEND YOUR FORM AND CHECK TO LAKE FEST, POB 146, CULVER, IN 46511 click on the event button below to download the registration paperwork! COME ON OUT TO THE LAKE!

Lake Maxinkuckee Watershed Management Plan

We had a small but strong turnout at the Stakeholder's meeting June 26th that was held at the Railroad Station in the Culver Town Park. Seventeen people attended the meeting, joining four LMEC members out of the ten current volunteers who help with our mission. One member of the LMEF Board of Directors was also able to attend. These numbers do not consider LMEF President, Marabeth Levett, LMEC member Eric March, or Kathy Clark, LMEF/LMEC Executive Director as these three acted as the presenters for the evening meeting. We collected the thoughts of the participants and shared with the people who attended how much the lake has improved since the wetlands were built and the first LWMP was written. After meeting with the full LMEC and holding a second meeting of the Public Works Group, we will have developed our list of new goals. Once the revised plan is completed, it will be posted here. Watch for it by January of 2016, and thank you all for your help!

From The Blog

USGS/LMEC PROJECT

The LMEC has contracted with the United States Geological Survey to pull core samples from five different sites across the Lake Maxinkuckee lakebed.  This information will be used to analyse 200 to 300 years of data collected from the sediment.  It should allow LMEC to track their progress in managing phosphorus flow into the lake [...]

Understanding the Lake Level

You will find when you click on the link below, a brief explanation from one of the members of the United States Geographical Survey team in Indianapolis on how to interpret the various numbers used to record the legal level of lakes, specifically our lake.  It is great information and includes a second page with [...]

CONNECTION TO “WIND RUSH”

Click “View” below for Utube video.  

DO NOT DRAIN TO LAKE

DO NOT position your downspouts so that they run directly to the lake or directly onto the roads or sidewalks.  All water that falls on impervious surfaces should be first allowed to percolate through the ground before entering the groundwater or the lake to remove nutrients and sediment. Yes, your roof and driveway get dirty. [...]

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Maxinkuckee is an Indian word which has been loosely translated to “diamond lake,”, “clear water,” or “gravelly bottom.” An exact translation is not known. Lake Maxinkuckee is a 1,864 acre kettle lake located in the southwest corner of Marshall County in Union Township and was formed approximately 15,000 years ago by the receding glaciers. Kettle [...]

Lake Max Land Trust now a reality!

News was received on December 5, 2012 that a land trust the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund has been working on for a little more than a year has been accepted by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.    This is wonderful news for Lake Maxinkuckee.  A new non-profit partnership has been formed [...]