J. Edward Roush Lake (Huntington Lake)

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J. Edward Roush Lake (Huntington Lake)

Indiana

(260) 468-2165

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Overview

Roush Lake, one of the three Upper Wabash Valley lakes operates primarily as a unit with Mississinewa and Salamonie Lakes to control flood waters along the Wabash River Basin, and secondarily with other lakes downstream in reduction of lower Wabash and Ohio River floods. Of the 20 lakes in the Louisville District, J. Edward Roush Lake has the second-smallest recreational pool, the fourth-largest drainage area, and ranks fourth in average annual flood control benefits. The lake provides benefits to nearly 60,000 acres of agricultural lands and general recreation activities associated with water, hunting and fishing.

Map of J. Edward Roush Lake (Huntington Lake) (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.847840, -85.462647

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Activities

  • Boating

    Each of the State Recreation Areas surrounding the lake have a three-lane concrete ramp. Three car top launching sites are located in the resource management units.

  • Bicycling

    A mountain biking trail starts near the Little Turtle campground.

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds at the lake. Kil-So- Quah has 92 sites for family camping with over one-half of the sites in a hardwood forest and some overlooking the reservoir. Water is available in the immediate area with pit toilets located at convenient spots. Playground equipment, bulletin boards, trails, and program shelter. Interpretive programs are conducted throughout the recreation season. The Little Turtle campground has 30 sites for family camping located within walking distance of the beach. This campground is adjacent to hiking trails and a short distance from the mountain bike trailhead. A bathouse is available at beach for showers.

  • Fishing

    Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, rock bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and red-eared sunfish are common in the lake. Fishing piers are located at both State Recreation Areas with accessible piers at Kil-So-Quah and the Corps Pond. Both have easy access onto the pier. A state license is required and available at the lake office.

  • Hiking

    There are five trails ranging in length from one to 11 miles.

  • Historic Sites

    Roush Lake was constructed in 1967 and is one of the three Upper Wabash Valley Lakes operating primarily as a unit with Mississinewa and Salamonie Lakes to control flood waters along the Wabash River Basin and secondarily with other lakes downstream in reduction of lower Wabash and Ohio River floods. Contact the area for more information.

  • Hunting

    Upland game and waterfowl are available with rabbits, squirrel and deer being most abundant. Hunters are required to register at hunter sign-in stations located throughout the wildlife management units. Starting prior to Thanksgiving each year, puttake pheasant hunting is offered. Pheasant hunters are required to check in at the office before entering the hunting areas. A shooting range and archery range are also availible at the lake. The shooting range is located on the south side of the reservoir and has 33 shooting stations; 18 station for pistol, 10 at 50 yards and five at 100 yards. The archery range is also located on the south side of the reservoir and has 14 shooting stations. This gives archers an opportunity to hone their skills in actual conditions that they may encounter in the "wild". There is also a static range with distances from 10-50 yards.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available at each State Recreation Area with most containing tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment, and shelters. The shelters at Roush Lake are fully accessible, featuring plenty of parking area, and group grills for all sizes of picnics and outings. All are located in close proximity to modern restrooms and playground equipment.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available during posted hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Paddleboat rentals are available (weather permitting) while the beach attendant is on duty. A modern bathhouse provides showers, dressing benches, and restrooms. Picnic tables, grills, basketball court, playground equipment, concessions and boat rental are also available at the beach. Waterskiing can also be enjoyed on the lake.

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Directions

Driving

Located 1/2 mile south of Huntington, IN on IND 5; and 35 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, IN via I-69.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(260) 468-2165

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