Spanning Dubois, Crawford, and Orange Counties, Patoka Lake encompasses 25,800 acres with an 8,800 acre lake. Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology. The lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR.
The property’s Interpretive Services staff presents programs and special events featuring the reconstructed Moery Cabin, a non-releasable red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, Eastern screech owl and other natural and cultural history features of the area. Programs on kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and other outdoor skills are also offered.
Patoka Lake is lots of fun for everyone!
* Archery Range
* Boating / 10 Launch Ramps
* Cross-country skiing
* Fishing / Ice Fishing
* Disc Golf Course
* Hiking / Fitness / Biking Trails
* Interpretive / Recreational Programs
* Picnicking / Shelterhouse (Shelter Reservations)
* Swimming / Beach
* Electric / 455 sites
* Primitive / 45 sites
* Dumping Station
The lake is located just south of the historic towns of French Lick and West Baden, and just east of historic Jasper.
According to USA Today, it was voted one of the cleanest lakes and best for viewing wildlife in the Midwest!