Brookville Lake

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Brookville Lake

Indiana

(765) 647-6701

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Overview

The 5,260-acre Brookville Lake lies in the heart of the historic and picturesque Whitewater River Valley in southeastern Indiana and is situated on the East Fork of the Whitewater River. The lake was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1974 and currently exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Brookville Region offers many opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate in the great outdoors.

Map of Brookville Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 39.439110, -84.996071

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Activities

  • Boating

    Brookville Lake has almost 5,260 acres of water for boating, making it the third largest lake in Indiana. Size, speed, and horsepower of boats on the lake are unlimited. During the summer recreation season all idle and restricted zones are marked. Observe these areas for your own boating safety. Launch permits are required by the state of Indiana and may be purchased at each ramp or the Mounds Recreation Area Office. There are nine concrete boat launching ramps with parking lots located around Brookville Lake for easy access. Six of these ramps are located on the eastern side of the lake and accessible from State Road 101. The remaining three ramps, which are on the western side of the lake are accessible via paved county roads. At the uppermost reaches of the lake, access to the reservoir may be obtained by using the Whitewater State Park ramp.

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds available at Brookville Lake, both of which are operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Mounds Campground, which is located mid-way on the eastern side of the lake, and accessible via State Road 101, offers 353 sites. Quakertown Campground, which is located on the northwestern side of the lake, and accessible via Alquina-Quakertown Road, provides 97. All sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Fishing

    The wildlife program at Brookville Lake is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Detail of the program is listed below. All hunting, fishing, and trapping laws apply to the entire lake program.

    Indiana's Walleye Stocking Program: Each April, IDNR biologists collect walleye eggs from mature fish at Brookville Lake. The egg collection supplies Indiana's entire Walleye Stocking Program. For more information, visit the IDNR Fishing page.

    IDNR's Fishing Report: Visit the Brookville Reservoir IDNR Fishing Report.

    Fish Available: Plenty of good fishing is available from the 5,260-acre lake for bluegill, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, catfish, walleye, crappie, muskellunge, trout and white bass.

  • Hiking

    Trails on the Brookville Lake include two Corps hiking trails and six Department of Natural Resources hiking trails. Trails range in length from one-half mile to 3.25 miles.

  • Hunting

    The wildlife program at Brookville Lake is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The entire property is divided into seven wildlife units totaling 10,179 acres. Deer, turkey, quail, deer, and rabbit can be found in any or all of these seven management units. There are twenty eight self-serve hunter sign-in stations located throughout the property along access roads. Instructions and other hunter information are provided in each station. It is a property regulation that each hunter must obtain daily permission to hunt Brookville Lake property by signing in at a station and checking out at the hunt or day's end.

  • Picnicking

    There are two reservable picnic shelters at Brookville Lake operated by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. The overlook shelter, has a view of the dam and lake, and is located at the Overlook Area. The tailwater shelter is located below the dam and has plenty of open grassy areas. The shelters have electrical outlets, running water, and are fully accessible. Both shelters have public restrooms. A playground area is located nearby. For rental information, call the Corps office at (765) 647-6701.

    In addition, the Corps also operates two small shelters in the Tailwater Area below the dam. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. These shelters are fully accessible and are located near a playground and restroom.

  • Water Sports

    For safety, visitors are encouraged to swim in designated areas only.

    There is no lifeguard service at Corps beaches. Swimming, wading, snorkeling or scuba diving at one's own risk is permitted, except at boat launching sites, designated mooring points and public docks, or other areas so designated by the District Commander.

    The Brookville Lake has two beaches. The Mounds Beach is located at the Mounds State Recreational Area. The beach is approximately one half mile in length. The Quakertown State Recreation Area has a beach as well. Swimming is available during open hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beaches have modern bathhouses providing, dressing facilities and restrooms.

    For children age 12 and under to enter a beach area, they must be supervised by an adult. Inquire at the property office about age limits before dropping off unsupervised children at a beach.

Directions

Driving

Located 1-1/2 mi NE of Brookville, on IN 101. Approximately 30 mi NW of Cincinnati, OH.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(765) 647-6701

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