Patoka Lake

INDIANA


Lake Level
540.79 FEET
5/29/2016
Full Pool: 536.0
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Wet Weekend: Memorial Day Will Pack Patoka Lake

Tristate Homepage

Date: 5/27/2016 9:00:00 PM

The great American road trip is upon us with 38 million people, a near-record number, expected to travel this weekend for Memorial Day and the start of summer. The flood of people is spurred by the lowest gas prices in a decade, a nationwide average nearly

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Hawaiian shirt-clad Stars 'lei' out Jackets, Senators

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 5/27/2016 8:12:00 PM

“It’s been a couple of matches since we have had four scores in the 40s, so it’s nice to see with the PLAC (Patoka Lake Athletic Conference) coming up Monday,” said Mitchell coach Ross Hall. “We’ve figured out where we can play a couple of guys

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Have you herd? The bison are coming

Herald Times

Date: 5/26/2016 9:45:00 PM

“It will have dogwoods to represent Orleans, the Paoli courthouse, the dome for West Baden, one of the Pluto Springs and Patoka Lake,” she said. Painter said the bison are generating a lot of enthusiasm, and tie in with another local activity — the

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Have you herd? The bison are coming

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 5/26/2016 9:26:00 AM

“It will have dogwoods to represent Orleans, the Paoli courthouse, the dome for West Baden, one of the Pluto Springs and Patoka Lake,” she said. Painter said the bison are generating a lot of enthusiasm and ties in with another local activity — the

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Boys Golf: Paoli putts past Orleans

Bedford Times-Mail

Date: 5/25/2016 8:05:00 AM

SPRINGVILLE — It was a tough round on the West course at Stonecrest Tuesday for the Orleans boys golf team, falling to Patoka Lake Athletic Conference rival Paoli, 167-206. “We took a big step backwards tonight as a team,” said Orleans coach Peggy

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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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