One of eight Indiana reservoirs designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Patoka Lake serves many purposes including flood control, recreation, water supplier to the surrounding communities and wildlife refuge. Its 8800 acre lake and the surrounding 16,920 acre reserve were first opened to the public on August 20, 1980. The Patoka Lake and dam are located 12 miles northeast of Jasper on the Patoka River.
From hunting and fishing to biking and camping, Patoka epitomizes the word recreation.
Fishing & Hunting: The lakes excellent fishing includes redear, bluegill and large mouth bass as well as the less prevalent smallmouth bass, black crappie and channel catfish. Hunting in the area is available for deer, rabbit, squirrel, coyote, fox, quail, turkey, duck and geese. Deer hunting includes separate seasons for archery, gun and muzzle loader.
Camping: Patoka Lake offers a total of 559 campsites in three different campgrounds, all within 200 yards of the lake including 456 Class A sites with electric hookups, water fill, a store, modern restrooms, showers and a fish cleaning station.
Swimming: Patoka Lake features a 1200 foot-long beach complete with diving tower, bathhouse and solar-heated showers.
Water Skiing: With its 8800 acres of water surface, Patoka Lake offers ample space for both the advanced and novice skier.
Biking: The Patoka Lake area contains numerous paved bike trails. Bring your own bicycle – there are no rentals.
Hiking: Patoka Lake’s hiking area encompasses approximately 1000 acres. Trails vary from 1/2 to 6 1/2 miles and are rated from moderate to rugged in difficulty.