The second-largest natural lake in Indiana, Lake Maxinkuckee is a 1,864-acre lake created approximately 15,000 years ago by the receding glaciers. 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 feet.
The Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council, in collaboration with the Academies, the watershed’s largest landowner, are instrumental in protecting and preserving the lake, which is judged to be almost pristine by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Maxinkuckee is used year round by the Academies as an environmental classroom, for rowing regattas, and by the Culver Summer Schools & Camps extensive boating and water programs, including the Ledbetter, a three-masted square rigger.
Henry Harrison Culver was drawn to the site for its serenity and connection with nature – a perfect backdrop to a world-class school.