Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council, P.O. Box 187, 116 N. Main Street, Culver, IN 46511

574-842-3686 - Kathy Clark, Executive Director LMEC -


"Lake Maxinkuckee, Our lake's tributaries and wetlands" is complete. We are very proud of this ten minute piece. It shows each of the three main tributaries that flow into Lake Max, including wonderful drone shots of each wetland. Narrated by Allen Chesser, LMEC Chairman it is a great video explaining some of the earliest work done by LMEC and explains how it benefits the water quality within the lake. We have high quality video that we can take to groups when we speak, and will attempt to load this level soon. Until then insert this link into your search bar:


The LMEC 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 yours for a free-will donation to LMEC. Stop in and visit us Monday through Friday at 116 N. Main Street, Culver between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


When completed this updated WMP will contain information on the latest research completed in Lake Max as well as historical data and new research completed at Lost Lake. it will be shared with IDEM and IDNR as well as posted here on this site when completed in 2017.

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 [...]