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This triathlon is for the birds


Date: 7/28/2014 4:12:00 PM

“Head for the Hills” comes to the Patoka Lake Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Birdseye, Indiana. Patoka Lake Beach is located at 3084 N. Dillard. The cost for pre-registration of an individual is $40 and $90 for teams. The race includes a 500 yard

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Local angler Thomas dual divisional qualifier

Madison Courier

Date: 7/25/2014 3:48:00 PM

Last weekend, Thomas achieved the same honor in the FLW Tour by finishing fourth at a tourney on Patoka Lake to secure a spot on Team Indiana at next year's FLW Northern Divisional. "It's pretty neat," Thomas said. "I've been fishing a long time and I can

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Diversions calendar for July 20

Evansville Courier and Press

Date: 7/20/2014 1:09:00 AM

Call 812-425-2406 or visit for show times. Patoka Lake Visitor Center: Birdseye, Resident Birds of Prey, 10 a.m. Sunday, Friday and July 27; Talons, Beaks and Instincts, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream

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The Best | The Sander store pleases carnivores and has more


Date: 7/18/2014 8:19:00 AM

That great meat was better than the best. Sander Processing is on Interstate 64 in Celestine, just beyond Patoka Lake. When we entered the store, we were greeted by a very friendly staff that was eager to help us locate everything we wanted and needed

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Star party planned at Patoka

Date: 7/17/2014 7:25:00 PM

The Patoka Lake 23rd Annual Star Party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the beach at Patoka Lake. Enjoy a special presentation by members of the Louisville and Evansville astronomical societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford

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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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