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 lakes are depressions in the earth's crust left behind after partially buried ice blocks melt and the depression is filled with water. The lake is 2.6 miles long and 1.6 miles wide with a maximum depth of 88 feet and an average depth of 24 ft. (source - Lake Maxinkuckee Watershed Management Plan, page 11)
The beginning of the USGS CORE SAMPLING PROJECT is an exciting time for LMEC. Please go to the 'Project History' picture (the one with the USGS boat) below and click on it for much more on our efforts to look back in time, and forward into the future of our great lake! Click below to see WNDU-TVs news broadcast from June 6, 2013. You can also go to the newsletter post below to view the full blown story!
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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! [...]
There lies beneath the lake one of the best producing aquifer systems in Indiana known as the productive Silurian-Devonian bedrock aquifer. This system contains deposits of glacial material up to 500 feet in thickness with highly productive inter-till sand and gravel aquifers. Lake Maxinkuckee is fed by 21 underground springs stemming from this aquifer. Between [...]
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 [...]