Patoka Lake


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Paint Scenic Pictures At Patoka Lake Sunday


Date: 4/23/2015 12:17:00 AM

(PATOKA LAKE) - There are still spots available for this painting excursion at Patoka Lake this Sunday. Take a short walk on a paved trail to a beautiful, high altitude view of Patoka Lake on Sunday, April 26th at 1:30 p.m. with a naturalist and paint a

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Historical Society Annual Dinner

Greensburg Daily News

Date: 4/16/2015 2:11:00 PM

In 2011 Barnett was honored by the Indiana General Assembly for 27 years as an officer of the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce; for service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln-Hills-Patoka Lake Recreation Region, and as its

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Q&A with French Lick Resort's Brendan Sweeney


Date: 3/20/2015 10:41:00 AM

It's an old-school Hoosier facility where Larry Legend dominated. 4. Patoka Lake is the second-largest lake in the state of Indiana. It's a short drive, less than 10 miles away. It's excellent for fishing and excellent for boating -- just a great time

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Fly A Kite Workshop At Patoka Lake


Date: 3/20/2015 12:08:00 AM

(PATOKA LAKE) - A Fly A Kite Workshop will be held at the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, March 21. Kid's can bring their parents to create a one-of-a-kind kite using materials provided. Once all kites have been constructed, the group will caravan

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Spend your Spring Break at French Lick Resort


Date: 3/10/2015 10:52:00 AM

Guests can also explore the resort’s 3,000 acres by hitching a ride on one of our three dozen horses on property. Nearby Patoka Lake and area caves offer plenty of recreational opportunities as well. Three championship golf courses and two world-class

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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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