Today is the Public Premiere of the Documentary “Lake Maxinkuckee: A History”

Community members have a chance to see a free screening of a new documentary entitled “Lake Maxinkuckee: A History” at 10 a.m. today.

The Antiquarian and Historical Society (AHS) of Culver will present the film at the train station-depot in the town park on Lake Shore Drive. It is about 30 minutes long and will feature original footage shot in the area as well as historical photos and videos. Continue reading

Paddle to the Max Event to Benefit Culver Boys and Girls Club

This Saturday you can contribute to a great cause while having some fun on Culver’s scenic Lake Maxinkuckee during the second annual “Paddle to the Max” event.

Hosted by Shaka SUP Racing, this event features stand-up paddleboard and kayak races. There will be racing divisions for youth, beginners and advanced paddlers. Though there is a competitive element, participants are also free to come out just for fun.

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Culver Park Department to Adjust Hours of Operation

Hours of operation at the Culver Beach Lodge will change this summer.

Park Superintendent Anna Campbell Nowalk told the Culver Town Council last week that people want to get out on Lake Maxinkuckee in the morning when the water is calm. The extra activities with additional rentals plus activity with the sailing group left the staff struggling to keep up with visitors first thing in the morning.

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Divers Recover Body from Lake Maxinkuckee


Indiana Conservation Officers and the Marshall County Coroner are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man whose body was recovered by divers in Culver’s Lake Maxinkuckee Friday night.

The man, Jose Cruz Lizcano-Fernandez, of Logansport, was last seen swimming at the Culver Public Beach and was reported missing four to five hours later, according to a news release from the DNR.  Divers from the Indiana Conservation Office assisted in the search while using “side scan sonar” to locate him.  His body was recovered within 30 minutes of the initial call and was located approximately 15 feet outside of the swim area at Culver Public Beach in about five feet of water.

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Three Injured in Early Morning Culver Crash


One person was airlifted from the scene of a single-vehicle wreck early this morning near Lake Maxinkuckee. It happened in the 2800 Block of East Shore Drive, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. A vehicle struck a cement wall or embankment, and the occupants had to be cut from it. Two other people were taken to an area hospital for treatment. All three were male, but we don’t have their names or ages yet or any information about the extent of their injuries or where they were taken for treatment.

Toxicology Results Released in Lake Max Drowning Death



Valentin Sirghi
Valentin Sirghi

Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the July 14 drowning death of a 22-year-old Plymouth man, according to toxicology results released by the Marshall County Coroner’s office. Valentin Sirghi, 22, was swimming with a friend near the public beach at Lake Maxinkuckee when he went under water. Rescue teams searched the area for about an hour before they found his body. Sirghi was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. Final autopsy results are pending, but preliminary indications are that Sirghi died as a result of asphyxiation due to drowning.





Preliminary Autopsy Results Revealed in Lake Maxinkuckee Drowning Incident


An autopsy has found that 22-year-old Valentin Sirghi of Plymouth died as a result of asphyxiation due to drowning in an incident at Lake Maxinkuckee Sunday evening.

That preliminary result was confirmed by Marshall County Deputy Coroners Ann Leed and Brigette Hite. The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Joseph Prahlow, Board-Certified Pathologist in Mishawaka.

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