Lick Fork SRA,
Little Patoka SRA,
Painter Creek SRA,
Walls Lake SRA,
South Lick Fork
25,800 acres with
a 8,800 acre lake
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’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.
The lake is located just south of the historic towns of French Lick and West Baden, and just east of historic Jasper.
An entrance fee MAY be
charged to enter the park. It depends on whether you go through
the main entrance or to one of the other ramps. Click for information
on entrance fees.
- Archery Range
- Boating -
10 Launch Ramps
fees : 455 Class A Sites, 45 Class C Sites , 7 Backcountry
- Dumping Station
- located at the Modern Campground
- Fishing / Ice
Fishing - The lake has been heavily stocked with bass, bluegill,
catfish, redear, crappie, and walleye. A state license is required
(available at the lake office and some local businesses). Click
for Patoka Lake Fishing Reports
- Frisbee Golf
- Hiking /
Fitness / Bicycle Trails
- Hunting -
Woodland game and waterfowl are available for the avid hunter
during open seasons. Deer and squirrel are abundant in the area.
All hunters are required to register and the check-in station.
/ Recreational Programs - contact the Nature Center
- Picnicking /
Shelterhouses Reservable - these have drinking water, flush
toilets, grills, and picnic tables
- Nature Center
(812-685-2447) - slide shows, films, nature hikes, raptors, and more
/ Beach - 1200 feet of sand; open Memorial Day to Labor
Day; modern bath-house provides showers (solar heated), dressing
facilities, restrooms, and food concessions