Patoka Lake


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SIPAC to host family fun day at research farm

Evansville Courier and Press

Date: 8/21/2015 4:15:00 PM

1, and $25 the day of the event. All other activities are free and open to the public. SIPAC is located immediately north of the Patoka Lake Dam at 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, Indiana. For more information or to pre-register for the 2.5 mile run

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Patoka Lake Conference preview | New players key for West Washington

Date: 8/17/2015 5:00:00 PM

West Washington — with 13 returning starters, two key transfers and three basketball-players-turned-receivers — are poised to take the top spot in the Patoka Lake Conference. Although Paoli’s coaching staff returns just a handful of experienced

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Outdoor events


Date: 8/15/2015 9:18:00 PM

Call 812-837-9967 or 812-837-9546. Patoka Lake All events at the visitor center unless noted. • 12:30 p.m. today: Ecology of a Forest. • 2 p.m. today: Wetland Wonders. Entrance fee of $5 per vehicle ($7 out-of-state) applies. Call 812-685-2447

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Patoka Lake Seeking Donations For Raptor Shelter


Date: 8/14/2015 2:42:00 AM

(PATOKA) - Patoka Lake needs the public's help in replacing the deteriorating shelter facility where its educational bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and Eastern screech owl live. The raptors at Patoka Lake are birds that have been injured and cannot be

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$100,000 2015 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic Returning To Patoka Lake


Date: 8/13/2015 12:17:00 AM

(PATOKA LAKE) - Crappie USA Inc., "America's Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization" will return to Patoka Lake October 7-10 for the $100,000 2015 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic. First place winners in both Semi-Pro and Amateur divisions

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• Surface Area: 8,880 Acres
Patoka Lake is the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. state of Indiana (after Lake Monroe) and is spread across Dubois, Crawford, and Orange counties in southern Indiana.
Created as a joint effort between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the lake is one of eight such reservoirs built in the state to provide a secure water supply and as a method of flood control. The lake covers 8,800 surface acres (36 km²) of water in the summer.
The lake was created by damming the Patoka River about 118.3 miles (190 km) above its mouth with the Patoka Lake Dam, a 145-feet-high rockfill earthen dam. The lake is fed by several smaller tributaries including Allen Creek, Paint Creek, and Ritter Creek. After the lake was created several parks and nature preserves were established around it totaling 16,920 acres (68.5 km2). The lake and dam is still managed by a cooperative management team of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Patoka Lake is a great place for photography, as it is inhabited by migrating birds, a large variety of fish and beautiful lake shores. The lake has been heavily stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, redear, crappie, and walleye. Once a year the Lake Association hosts GarDaze, an event bringing in avid fisherman from around the world, including fishing celebrities like Babe Winkleman and Bill Dance. Other facilities include an archery range, boat ramps, a cross-country skiing course, fishing areas (including ice fishing), a disc golf course, trails for hiking and bicycling, hunting areas, interpretive and recreational programs, star parties, picnic shelters, swimming areas, and waterskiing zones. The lake also hosts a large campground with over 500 camping sites.
Patoka Lake has been very beneficial to the surrounding community and the State of Indiana.
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