Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council

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


The Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund was founded in 1981 as an off-shoot of a local property owners group. It's mission was to focus solely on the environmental health of Lake Maxinkuckee and its surrounding watershed. Today, it is still their job to watch the water, the land, and the air for any signs that could impact this beautiful natural resource in a negative way. For more than thirty three years LMEC, the day-to-day working group of the LMEF, has worked hard to do just that. From building Indiana's first man-made wetland (Wilson Wetland - See The Natural Heritage of Indiana) to working with state and local governments to protect the natural beauty of this glacial lake; LMEC has been there for the lake, and for you. Now its your turn. Supported only through donations and the occasional grant award, this group requires funds to keep working on its mission. Annually, a letter writing campaign takes place and those across the community step up and donate what they can to support the cause. We are asking that you consider contributing towards our support. To help you with this, we have now added PayPal to this site, see below to the right - the big yellow button - use it if you want to see this great natural resource stay clean for future generations. Thanks so much for your financial assistance.


From 10 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon, join LMEC at the Culver Town Park for fun, hikes, birds, fishing, planting tips, building terrariums, and much, much more! See Belle the Bald Eagle, straight from the Indiana State Fair! OOHHH! Or learn how to look for bugs in Lake Maxinkuckee's water - Yeck! Or learn about The Nature Conservancy project at Houghton Lake, right next door! How about learning to bird watch by listening! Or painting a rain barrel? Sound like fun? Join us on the Saturday before Mother's Day to learn about nature, history, fishing, bird watching, painting, planting, and much more. All events are free to the public. Raffle tickets are too! Don't miss the fun. - Belle the Bald Eagle and her handler Zane. - See Kim Hoover's owls - even a snowy owl she is rehabilitating. - Learn to 'call' birds with Jon Chapman. - Kids can paint something on a rain barrel which you might win in a raffle. - Or you can buy one done decorated by Culver Community School or Culver Academy students - Learn from the folks at Moontree Studios how they are bringing back the Dawn Redwood trees to this area, a forest that almost died out many years ago - and you could win one to take home! - See the movie Everglades of the North and learn how the largest wetland was almost lost. - Fishing games and much more. Come join the fun! We will see you there!


The LMEC has been working on updating the Lake Maxinkuckee watershed management plan since completing all of the goals possible, in late 2011. It is our intent to incorporate into the 2015 update, all the water quality data, avian research material, and invasive species information collected by LMEC since January 2005 as well as the new research data that will be supplied by the United States Geological Survey in March of 2015. We will be ready to involve the citizens of Culver and the surrounding community to collect any new goals that they may view as vital in protecting the lake and its watershed in the fall of 2014. It is projected that LMEC will hold a Community-wide forum at The Depot in September of 2014 to provide a general overview of the past ten years, addressing both the successes and the failures in regards to the 2005 WMP goals; then open the floor to everyone so that we may collect new information for going forward another ten years. LMEC will have a facilitator on hand to lead the meeting and ensure a smooth flow of information gathering. These goals and objectives, along with an action plan, will then be shared for final comments and published in October of 2015. Copies of the updated WMP will be disseminated to the Town of Culver, the Culver Academies’ Huffington Library, the Culver/Union Township Public Library, IDEM, and IDNR. The new WMP will function as the current WMP did, as the LMEC's working document. It will provide us with our goals and objectives going forward, thereby allowing us to continue with our work to protect this great natural resource we have in our midst, Lake Maxinkuckee.

From The Blog


The USGS has completed pulling the core samples from five sites across the lake.  They used both a long 2.6 inch diameter, 8 foot long plastic gravity corer and a short box corer.  The longer one was to get data further back in history, the box corer was to collect more sediment from each ‘time [...]

Indiana Naturalist Newsletter out now!


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 [...]


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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 [...]