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Paoli pulls past Valley, 61-47

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 1/23/2015 11:17:00 PM

FRENCH LICK — It wasn’t as pretty as the works of art in the lobbies of the area’s two majestic hotels, but it was enough to keep Paoli perfect in Patoka Lake Athletic Confrence play as the Rams steadily pulled away from Springs Valley, 61-47

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Find Indiana Hotels

Travel Weekly

Date: 1/9/2015 7:34:00 AM

and the addition of gambling casinos promises to restore earlier elegance. The Patoka Lake area in Orange has hundreds of cabins available to rent, including some that float

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Start The New Year With A Hike


Date: 12/30/2014 12:17:00 AM

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources wants residents to start the New Year on the right foot, but taking a hike at Spring Mill State Park or Patoka Lake. Hikers are encouraged to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Twin Caves parking lot

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5 adventures to explore this winter in Indiana


Date: 12/22/2014 8:48:00 AM

Do it on your own at Indiana state parks and reservoirs or consider an organized program like Turkey Run's Eagles in Flight Weekend or Patoka Lake Nature Center's annual Eagle Watch. Strap on your headlamp and head out for your choice of a quarter

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Give to outdoor causes in someone's honor for the holidays


Date: 12/20/2014 9:38:00 PM

William Jones home at Lincoln State Park, restoration of the Col. Richard Lieber Memorial at Turkey Run State Park, and furnishings and maintenance for the Moery Cabin at Patoka Lake, is at Support land acquisition and other

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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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