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BOYS BASKETBALL: Charlestown pulls away from Eastern with big second half

News and Tribune

Date: 1/18/2019 10:34:00 PM

We really have to clean some things up.” Eastern will travel to Mitchell (6-5, 1-3 Patoka Lake Conference) next Friday. Eastern (1-15, 0-8 Mid-Southern Conference): Matt Coats 14; Ryan Adamson 10; Tev

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Ferdinand Town Council considers water rate increase


Date: 1/16/2019 4:48:00 PM

The Patoka Lake Water District supplies water to Ferdinand and recently increased its rates by about $2.50 per customer. Now, the Ferdinand Town Council is considering adding on to that increase to he

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Pokagon among top 'Instagrammable Places' in Indiana


Date: 1/15/2019 9:20:00 PM

McCormick’s Creek State Park finished in the sixth spot, Patoka Lake in ninth and Pokagon State Park in 10th. In another online contest last year, Pokagon was named sixth best state park in the state

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‘Best of Indiana’ campaign ranks favorite state parks

Daily Reporter

Date: 1/14/2019 9:57:00 PM

Rounding out Hoosiers’ top 10 state parks, in order, were: Indiana Dunes State Park, Spring Mill State Park, Pokagon State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, Shakamak State Park, Patoka Lake and Chain O’L

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Salamonie offers art night with owls

The Journal Gazette

Date: 1/12/2019 10:17:00 PM

McCormick's Creek State Park finished in the sixth spot, Patoka Lake in ninth and Pokagon State Park in 10th. The full list is at To decide which park is your favorite, you'll need t

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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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