Falltastic Trail Walk

WACF TrailIn 2015, the first annual Falltastic Trail Walk was held over a cold October weekend. Approximately 100 community members participated in the self guided event. The board chose to enhance the typical fall colors tour with educational materials describing what animals, amphibians, trees and other organisms do to prepare for winter. Visitors also learned how the fall and winter seasons contribute to lake quality. Other materials explain how wetlands improve water quality and reduce flooding. Participants could walk the trail at their own pace, sit on a bench, listen to the sounds of nature, or read the informational posters. A crackling fire and refreshments were waiting in the Ruddell Pavilion for those who finished the walk.  The scenic trails at the WACF Center are open to the public year-round at no charge.

Falltasic Trail Walk 2016 was held on Saturday October 15 and/or Sunday October 16 from noon to 3 PM.

Trail Maps…



Every Thursday morning in July special free programs are offered for kids accompanied by an adult.  Each week’s activities are different so come once or for all four weeks. Find out more…..


In response to many inquiries regarding what seemed to be an abnormal amount of dead fish in Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, WACF Executive Director Heather Harwood contacted DNR Fisheries Biologist Jed Pearson to request information. On June 15, Mr. Pearson issued a news release to the media…read the details.

WACF will continue to work closely with the DNR and will pass along any additional information that we receive.


The second Lake Talk and Eats event of 2017 will be the Annual Bug Catch at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 1st . This has traditionally been our most popular event of the year and the kids love getting wet and catching water bugs! So head to the WACF Education Center (1 mile south of Syracuse on SR 13) and join in the fun. A light breakfast will be served.


Annual Bug Catch


Canoe Trips 2017Canoe Trips

Our first canoe trip of the season will be on Friday, June 23. There will be trips on most Friday’s all summer with the last trip on August 18. More info on the trips and how to sign up here…