The 574-acre lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, and saugeye. Extensive planning was done by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to establish underwater structure that helps fish survive and reproduce.
This lake is also good for fishing because of the steps taken to prevent siltation. Besides the hundreds of farm ponds, crop rotations, crop residue management and other soil saving practices farmers have established in the lake's drainage area, the lake is protected by a series of smaller sediment-control dams.
The area immediately surrounding the lake, about 3,000 acres, has been purchased by the DNR and Van Buren County to be managed as a wildlife area. That management is helping to build on the number of wild turkey, deer, squirrel, geese, quail, rabbits, songbirds, and other wild animals. Habitat is also being developed for raccoon, fox, mink, muskrats, and bald eagles, among other wilflife.
The Indian Creek Wildlife area is meant for public hunting, fishing, hiking, birwatching, cross country skiing, picnicking, nature study, primitive camping and other fun in the outdoors.
Shimek State Forest is managed as a multiple-use area for timber products, wildlife habitat and recreation. The 900-acre forest includes hiking trails and is available for public hunting.
All those activities are available to the public at Lake Sugema and the 3,000 acre Indian Creek Wildlife Area.
The lake has been designed as a high quality fishing lake. Facilities include parking lots, boat ramps, fishing jetties, a fishing pier for the handicapped, floating boat docks, and wildlife islands.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Van Buren County Convservation Board are managing the lake, wildlife and recreation area.
Last Update: June 3, 1996