Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council

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


LMEC is arranging to make a video of the three main tributaries that flow to Lake Max. We will be using a drone to begin at the headwaters of the Wilson ditch, the Curtis ditch, and the Kline ditch, pointing out the land they flow through, the projects we have worked on together with the land owners, even the wonderful mastodon bones found at the headwaters of the southern leg of the Wilson. It is expected that this ten minutes piece will be able to be used at group talks we give and as an educational piece. You will see it here (I hope) and on Facebook at Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council's page.


The LMEC just produced a deck of cards showing how you can help protect and care for Lake Maxinkuckee. Colorful and fun for the whole family, they can be purchased at our office for $10.00. Stop in and visit us Monday through Friday at 116 N. Main Street, Culver between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


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. When completed, it will be share with IDEM and IDNR as well as posted here on this site.

From The Blog


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 [...]


Click “View” below for Utube video.  


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 [...]