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Indiana State High School Fishing Championship Set For Patoka Lake


Date: 5/22/2015 12:17:00 AM

(PATOKA LAKE) - Indiana State High School Fishing Championship is set to take place at Patoka Lake. he Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Indiana State High School Fishing

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French Lick anticipates big boost from Senior PGA Championship


Date: 5/15/2015 7:56:00 PM

"It's basically going to put French Lick on the worldwide stage," Allen said. He thinks it could also help boost tourism at nearby destinations such as Patoka Lake and Paoli Peaks ski resort, both of which are within 10 miles of French Lick. "There's just

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Kids' Fishing Derby At Patoka Lake


Date: 5/11/2015 8:13:00 PM

(PATOKA LAKE) - Grab your friends, family, fishing pole, tackle and bait, and head over to Patoka Lake on Saturday, June 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. for the annual Kids' Fishing Derby. Park at the Modern Campground Center Shelterhouse at 8:30 a.m. to

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Our Opinion: Recognizing water hazards

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 5/8/2015 6:01:00 PM

As thermometers rose rapidly from the 60s to the 70s and into the high 80s, a steady stream of swimmers and boaters sought relief from the sun’s searing rays at Monroe Reservoir and Patoka Lake. Most municipal swimming pools don’t open until Memorial

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Patoka Lake hosting triathlon in August

Evansville Courier and Press

Date: 5/8/2015 6:46:00 AM

Registration is now open for the "Head for the Hills" Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 22 at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka's non-releasable raptors — a red-tailed hawk, eastern

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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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