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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 we will be hosting a triathlon on the property. At this time, we do not plan to close any roadways, however, there may be additional people and traffic present during the event that will make it difficult to get around the property between 7am and 2pm that day. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions, please contact the property directly.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE INFO: Blue-green algae (BGA) is found in our lakes year round. When conditions are right, cells can reproduce in large numbers, and can result in a harmful algal bloom (HAB). We test many of our beaches where people use the water in the summer, but HABs may occur in other seasons too. Watch for algae accumulation, avoid drinking or cooking with lake water, and do not allow children or pets to swim where algae accumulation is present. For more information, visit www.algae.IN.gov or read our FAQ sheet here.
Attention: Blue-Green Algae Advisory: Swimming and boating permitted; Avoid direct contact with algae. Don't drink the water and shower after you swim. Keep pets out of the water or, at minimum, bathe them after swimming, and prevent them from licking algae/water from fur. For more information about blue-green algae visit www.algae.IN.gov or read our FAQ sheet at www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-BlueGreenAlgae.pdf . This notice will be removed when blue-green algae levels drop.
INDIANA DNR FIREWOOD RULE: Firewood Alert: Indiana DNR Firewood Rule - Important for Campers and Picnickers. Review details at www.firewood.dnr.in.gov before you visit!

Patoka Lake, IN

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates

Description

With 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology. An 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR.

The property also was home to the DNR's resident, non-releasable bald eagle, C52. This raptor lived at Patoka Lake from 1988 until he died in 2009, at age 21.

The property's Interpretive Services staff presents programs and special events featuring the reconstructed Moery Cabin, a non-releasable red-tailed hawk, and other natural and cultural history features of the area. Programs on kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and other outdoor skills are also offered.

The lake is located just south of the historic towns of French Lick and West Baden, and just east of historic Jasper.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archery
  • Ball Field
  • Bath House
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Camping, Backcountry
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Convenience Store
  • Cultural Sites / Exhibits
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Gatehouse
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • History Programs
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Interpretive Walks, Self
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jogging/Running
  • Marina
  • Moorage
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Programs
  • Nature Study
  • Office / Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rentals, Boats, Motorized
  • Rentals, Jet Skis
  • Reservoir
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Reservoir
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Hiking / Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Reservoir
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Propane
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Cabins
  • Lodging, Cabins
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/Cash Machine
  • Church
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Pier, Fishing
  • River / Stream
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Antiquing
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Car Rentals
  • Catering
  • Cave Exploring/Spelunking
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Field Sports / Activities
  • Golf
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Museum
  • Putt-Putt
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Restaurant
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Theme Park
  • Town
  • Water Slides
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information
70 MILES NE OF EVANSVILLE, IN. 60 MILES NW OF LOUISVILLE, KY

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.38373, -86.64413
38°23'1"N, 86°38'39"W

FROM THE NORTH: STATE ROAD 37 SOUTH TO PAOLI, FROM PAOLI TAKE STATE ROAD 150/56 WEST TO WEST BADEN SPRINGS AND FRENCH LICK, FROM FRENCH LICK GO SOUTH ON STATE ROAD 145 TO STATE ROAD 164. WEST ON STATE ROAD 164 ONE MILE TO DILLARD ROAD AND TURN NORTH. FROM THE SOUTH, EAST AND WEST USE INTERSTATE 64, GO TO EXIT 79, TAKE STATE ROAD 37 NORTH TO STATE ROAD 64 TO STATE ROAD 145, THEN TO STATE ROAD 164.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Patoka Lake
3084 NORTH DILLARD ROAD
BIRDSEYE  IN  47513