English Lake Shooting and Fishing Club
English Lake, Indiana
Mr. Samuel Mencoff, Eifler & Associates Architects
This former hunting lodge on 30 acres in the Kankakee marshes of northwest Indiana has been converted for use as a second residence. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (WLA) was the landscape architect responsible for site design and development. Development around the house includes a new driveway and drop-off loop, paddle tennis court, a future swimming pool, shrub planting around the house, tree planting along the driveway and around the house, and various walkways. Design and development of the remaining 25 acres includes conversion of a six-acre soybean field to a prairie; dredging and filling of a linear drainage ditch to form a “prairie river” with gentle bends, a fishing hole, and a swimming hole with a pier; dredging and planting of an existing cattail marsh to transform it into a more diverse and attractive wetland; and conversion of the south seven-acre bean field to a long grass meadow with a trap shooting range. WLA prepared the master plan for the site, contract documents for site development around the house, and a Section 404 permit application for the wetlands and dredging work, which was approved at the end of 1995. Construction of the prairie river and wetlands was completed in the summer of 1996.