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Parks and Recreation

Welcome to the Culver Park Department!

The park grounds overlook beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee! Lake Maxinkuckee is the second-largest natural lake in Indiana. There are four historic structures on the park property- the beach lodge, the train depot, and two open-air pavilions. The Culver Park Department assists with park programming, boat slip rentals, facility rentals, and the Culver Farmers’ Market. You can find information on all of these below! Check out the parks department gallery.

Culver Park Department

Amber CowellPark Superintendent: Amber Cowell

819 E. Lake Shore Dr.
Culver, IN 46511

Beach Information: (574) 842-3510
Facility/Boat Rentals: (574) 216-0682
Follow us on social media!

Facebook: @Culver Park Department

Instagram: @CulverParkDepartment

Pier Space Rental Information

2024 Season Full & Waitlist

All of our pier spaces for the 2024 season are completely full and paid for. We are only accepting RESIDENTS (those who own property in Culver and Union Township) to our waitlist. Our waitlist runs from year to year. You do not need to be added to the waitlist annually for that reason.

WAITLIST FORM – To be added to our waitlist, you can fill out the following form:

Pier Slip Rental Dates

  • January 15: Early deadline – payment in full to receive a 5% discount
  • February 15: Returning customer deadline – payment deadline for returning customers to maintain slip space
  • Dates for when pier renters have access to their rented pier slips: May 10 – October 18

For pricing information, please refer to the image below.


  • Does the park offer short-term pier slip rentals? No, agreements are seasonal.
  • Do I need a boat lift? Yes, renters must provide their own lift. The park department does not provide lifts or buy/sell lifts. This includes PWCs.
  • Is there a waiting list? Yes, there is a waiting list for each season. Please go to the link above to be directed to the online waitlist form. We are only adding Culver and Union Township residents to our waitlist at this time.
  • How long is the waitlist? We have over 100 people on the waitlist currently and it can take up to years for a boat slip space. We ask that you do not call or email for constant updates on your spot on the waitlist.

Map of pier slip configuration: Pier Configuration Map

Cost of Boat Slip  -  those rates  in parentheses are  with the 5% discount  deadline of January 15
Resident SlipNon-resident Slip
Interior: $1,440 ($1,369)Interior: $1,740 ($1,653)
Exterior: $1,740 ($1,653)Exterior: $2,040 ($1,938)

Personal Watercraft - Located on "B" & "C" Piers

Cost of PWC -  those rates  in parentheses are  with the 5% discount  deadline of January 15
Resident PWCNon-Resident PWC
$600 ($570)$720 ($684)

Facility Rental Information

We do rentals for our outdoor amphitheater, gazebo, Beach Lodge conference room, East pavilion (one closest to the beach), and West pavilion (farmer’s market pavilion by train depot). Facility rentals are year-round and can be made as early as a year in advance. All facility rentals must be scheduled with a park department staff member. You can schedule a rental via email at or phone at 574-216-0682.

Facility Rental Key Notes

PLEASE NOTE: We do not have any facility rental availability for any facilities from April-September 2024.

  • Beach Season: Memorial Weekend through Mid-August
  • Facility rentals are only available from 10 am-7 pm
  • The West Pavilion is NOT available on Saturdays
  • 30 wristbands for beach admission come with a rental during beach hours

FacilityAmenitiesCapacity Rental Fee
*tax included
West Pavilion
  • Electricity
  • Picnic Table
  • View overlooking the lake
  • Open Air Structure
  • Fits 6-8 Picnic Tables
  • Beach Season: $128.40
  • Non-beach Season: $80.25
East Pavilion
  • Electricity
  • Picnic Table
  • Close to public beach and courtesy pier
  • Open Air Structure
  • Fits 6-8 Picnic Tables
  • Beach Season: $128.40
  • Non-beach Season: $80.25
  • Electricity
  • Benches
  • View overlooking the lake
  • Open Air Structure
  • 30 People
  • Available for Weddings
  • Beach Season: $128.40
  • Non-beach Season: $80.25
Beach Lodge Conference Room
  • Electricity/HVAC
  • Folding Tables/Chairs
  • Kitchen: no stove, countertop space, serving counter, fridge, sink
  • Indoor Restrooms
  • View overlooking the lake
  • Indoor balcony (includes HVAC)
  • 80 People
  • Main Space (50)
  • Indoor Balcony Space (30)
  • 8 to 10: Six Foot Rectangle Tables
  • 60 Chairs
  • Beach Season: $214.00
  • Non-Beach Season: $171.20
Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Electricity
  • View Overlooking the Lake
  • Open Air Structure
  • 200 People
  • Available for Weddings
  • *Casual Weddings Only Please
  • Beach Season: $155.15
  • Non-Beach Season: $107.00

Culver Farmers’ Market

The market features a wide variety of vendors including farmers, crafters, artists, bakers, cooks, and gardeners. The summer outdoor market is located at the West Pavilion in the park.

2024 Outdoor Summer Dates:

  • May 11-October 19: Saturdays: 9 am-1 pm
  • May 28-August 27 Tuesdays: 5-7 pm
  • Location: West Pavilion in the park

Contacts: Tracy Fox (Marketing) & Chad Gard (Vendor Relations)

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