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Date: 10/22/2016 9:39:00 PM

Local residents are invited to assist Patoka Lake in cutting up hazard trees dropped by staff in high use areas throughout the property through the purchase of firewood permits beginning Nov. 3. Firewood permits will be available depending on weather and

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Mitchell pulls away late for win over South Vermillion


Date: 10/21/2016 8:27:00 PM

Next — Mitchell (6-4, 3-2 Patoka Lake Conference) advances on to next week’s sectional game. South Vermillion’s (2-8, 2-6 Wabash River Conference) season comes to an end

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Photos: Raptor rapture at BPL

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 10/21/2016 8:48:00 AM

BEDFORD — More than 120 children and adults gathered at the Bedford Public Library for a fall break raptor show, presented by Dana Reckelhoff, interpretive naturalist at Patoka Lake. "We've done reptiles, but we haven't done raptors," said librarian Mary

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Tonight’s prep football capsules

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Date: 10/20/2016 10:31:00 PM

The Cougars average 29.0 points per game and allow just 16.3 per game. Paoli finished second in the Patoka Lake Conference with a 4-1 record, beating Mitchell, Springs Valley, Perry Central and Crawford County and losing only to league champion West

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The Indiana Football Digest's Insider - 2016 Volume 9

Official Site of the Indianapolis Colts

Date: 10/19/2016 9:12:00 AM

Northern Indiana (South): Mishawaka Marian. Northern Lakes: NorthWood. Northwest Crossroads: Hobart and Griffith. Patoka Lake: West Washington. Pocket: Gibson Southern. Sagamore: Tri-West. Southern Indiana: Evansville Central and Evansville Reitz

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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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