WACF Education Center Master Plan


The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF) is a local public not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Wawasee area watershed for present and future generations. The Foundation was formed in 1991 to anticipate, search out, and solve threats to the Wawasee Area Watershed and to its water quality. The Foundation is dedicated to enhancement of the watershed and works hand-in-hand with property owner groups, the State Department of Natural Resources and other governmental and civic organizations that share its concerns. The Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation.

The Lake Wawasee watershed covers 23,618 acres including Wawasee, Syracuse, Bonar and Papakeechie lakes as well as ten lakes in the upper Turkey Creek sub watershed. To carry out its mission WACF has been acquiring strategic parcels around the lake and throughout the watershed that will help protect and enhance the water quality in Lake Wawasee. WACF has committed to managing and enhancing the natural resources on all of these properties. The purpose of this Master Plan is to document existing conditions and propose a direction for the future use and management of the Education Center property on the west side of Lake Wawasee.

Click Here to Download the Whole Master Plan, Aug 2010.

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