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Living the lake life

Post Independent

Date: 8/20/2014 11:05:00 PM

Over the weekend, I sampled the life of a retiree at a recreational lake community in southern Indiana. The RV resort with 700 lots near Patoka Lake had everything I need in life. There were friendly neighbors who wave when passing by on their golf carts

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Patoka Lake Cleanup Day


Date: 8/19/2014 1:24:00 PM

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM Google Calendar Yahoo Calendar Aol Calendar Windows Live Calendar Outlook Calendar (iCal) Wear hiking boots and long pants to help with trash collection along the lakeshore. Assist us in keeping YOUR lake clean

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Patoka Lake Athletic Conference capsules

Date: 8/18/2014 9:37:00 PM

• Last season: 2-8 (Lost to Clarksville in first round of sectionals 42-38) • Outlook: Crawford County will look to its experience in the 2014 to improve on a disappointing last season. The Wolfpack went 2-8 in 2013. Head coach Alan Hess looks to

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Ready to have fun bowfishing? Here are top destinations

Daily Journal

Date: 8/8/2014 4:37:00 PM

The Wabash River, the East and West forks of the White River, the Ohio River, Brookville Lake, Lake Monroe and Patoka Lake are some of the larger and better-known waters where bowfishing thrives. Another big aspect of bowfishing is traveling. Hooking the

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Driftwood Outdoors

Spencer Evening World

Date: 8/6/2014 4:50:00 AM

The Wabash River, the East and West Forks of the White River, the Ohio River, Brookville Lake, Lake Monroe and Patoka Lake are some of the larger and better-known waters where bowfishing thrives

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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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