WACF Acquires New Property

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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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Spring Eco Walk

Join Dr. Nate Bosch (director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams) and Heather Harwood (executive director of WACF) on March 2 at 10 AM for a spring interpretive hike on WACF’s beautiful trails. Heather will share the history of WACF’s property and the value it adds to Lake Wawasee; Dr. Bosch will delve into the scientific and ecological elements along the trail. This is a free event and sign-up is helpful but not required.


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