WACF Acquires New Property

3_28_2016Between the Lakes

2016 – Recently, the WACF has acquired the waterfront property located east of the Wawasee-to-Syracuse Lake main channel and across the road from the Channel Marker restaurant. This beautiful location was for decades the Searfoss family homestead. The property will now be known as “WACF Between-the-Lakes.”

“WACF Between-the-Lakes” is approximately seven acres with nearly 1,600 feet of water frontage adjoining the crucial Mud Lake wetlands. WACF already owns the substantial “Buck Island” property on the north side of Mud Lake and smaller properties on the east side of Mud Lake. This acquisition furthers the environmental protection afforded to this unique wetlands and habitat area.

The majority of WACF critical land acquisitions are located in remote areas that most of the Wawasee watershed community will never see. WACF Between-the-Lakes will give our lake community the unique opportunity to observe the positive changes and activities on the property which over time may include wetlands and prairie restoration, shoreline enhancement, ecological demonstrations, canoe and kayak wetlands adventures, and community access to short trails. Please feel free to drop by WACF Between-the-Lakes anytime and see the WACF in action!

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Cattail Awards

Award Winner – Nancy Nelson

At the recent Lake Celebration and WACF Annual Meeting, two Cattail Awards were presented for outstanding environmental service in our watershed. This year the awards were presented to Nancy Nelson and Scott Fetters.


Anderson Farm Tour

We welcomed a special guest at the recent Ag Tour of Anderson Farms. Andrea Keller, the executive director of the Syracuse/Wawasee Chamber of Commerce brought State Representative Curt Nisly. Pictured is WACF executive director Heather Harwood discussing the importance of farming practices to the watershed with Representative Nisly.


Johnson Bay East Preserve

WACF’s newest acquisition (January 2018) is Johnson Bay East Preserve which neighbors the Johnson Bay wetlands and the B&O Railroad to the north and Johnson Bay wetlands to the west. This special 41 acre preserve once provided the outflow of Dillon Creek into the Johnson Bay/Wawasee wetlands and headwaters.