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Registration Open For The 4th Annual 'Head For The Hills' Patoka Lake Triathlon


Date: 7/26/2016 1:04:00 AM

(PATOKA) - Registration is open for the 'Head for the Hills' Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20 th at 8:30 a.m. Head for the hills and race for a cause. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka's

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Calendar for July 24

Evansville Courier and Press

Date: 7/24/2016 1:06:00 AM

There will be barbecue and food trucks. Visit Patoka Lake Nature Center: Birdseye, Birds of Prey, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Rangers at the Ramps, all day Saturday; Spectacular Salamanders, 1 p.m. July 31; Smokey Bear Birthday Party

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Calendar for July 21

Evansville Courier and Press

Date: 7/21/2016 1:05:00 AM

Visit or call 270-687-2787. Patoka Lake Nature Center: Birdseye, Kayak into Nature, 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Beach Scavenger Hunt, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Birds of Prey, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Rangers at the Ramps, all day July 30

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NRC preliminarily adopts amendments to alcohol rules

Hendricks County Flyer

Date: 7/20/2016 7:46:00 AM

and • Agreed to recommend to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that Patoka Lake Marina, Inc. be permitted to pursue a rate increase. The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses topics pertaining to the Indiana DNR. NRC members include the DNR director

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Shaw sings the anthem

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 7/19/2016 1:48:00 PM

The gathering will celebrate the history of Jackson Township, including communities that existed before the Patoka Lake development in the 1970s. Anyone with ties to Jackson Township and with photographs or other memorabilia to share is invited to attend

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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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