Patoka Lake State Recreation Areas

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Patoka Lake State Recreation Areas


(812) 685-2464

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The Patoka Lake Recreation Areas includes Newton-Stewart SRA, Jackson SRA, Lick Fork SRA, Little Patoka SRA, Painter Creek SRA, Walls Lake SRA and South Lick Fork SRA. Two pairs of bald eagles established nests during the spring of 1992 through 1997. A fresh-water jellyfish, an indicator of a very pure and clean ecosystem, may be seen from time to time in the reservoir.

Map of Patoka Lake State Rec. Areas (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.431808, -86.702728



  • Boating

    Ten launch ramps are located at various points aound the lake. Two major ramps are located within Newton-Stewart SRA.

  • Bicycling

    The several miles of biking trails follow the park roads.

  • Camping

    The campsite types include 450 Electric sites with asphalt-surfaced pads, electricity, water, flush toilets, hot water and showers, a camp store, fish-cleaning station and trailer dump station. There are 45 primitive sites. There is a fisherman campground designed primarily to serve anglers and primitive campers. Water is available in the immediate area with pit toilets located at convenient spots. Youth Tent camping is available. A launch ramp is also located within the campground. Occupancy limited to 14 consecutive nights. Reservations available through the Central Reservation System.

    Note: Patoka Lake is currently under burn bans at this time. Campfires are not allowed. In addition, the "back country" primitive camping is closed until further notice. Please contact the property for additional information.

  • Fishing

    The lake has been heavily stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, redear, crappie and walleye. A state license is required and available at the lake office.

  • Golfing

    A disc golf course is availible at the lake.

  • Hiking

    Three easy to rugged trails are offered at the lake.

  • Historic Sites

    The Jacob Moery cabin has been restored and moved to Patoka Lake.

  • Hunting

    Patoka Lake offers hunting for deer, turkey, upland game, and furbearers, as well as migratory game birds. Each hunter is required to sign in at one of nineteen hunter sign in stations before accessing the property, and return their check station card before leaving. All hunting is first come first serve with the exception of the initial two days of the dove season. Dove hunting is only done by drawing on the first two days of the season, and will be held at 6:45 am each morning at a designated point on the property.

    Bonus county antlerless deer permits are not allowed in the area west of highway 145, and north of highway 164.

    The waterfowl resting areas, east of Walls Ramp and the Allen Creek finger, are only open to waterfowl hunting and boat traffic on select days to be determined prior to the season opening, and do not affect the early season waterfowl hunting dates. The Sycamore Creek portion of the lake is always closed to waterfowl hunting. Call, or stop in at the office for those resting area open dates.

    All hunters must register and sign the waiver of liability at one of the hunter sign-in stations on the property. Hunter sign-in is mandatory, and failure to sign in and out properly may result in a fine. All game taken must be recorded on a required one-day hunter permit card that is carried with you as you hunt and turned in at the end of the day. At some properties, the card must be returned to the same hunter sign-in station where the waiver of liability was signed; please look for that requirement when you check-in. Take and use only one card per day. This system provides valuable wildlife management information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available in a number of areas with most sites containing tables, grills, toilet facilities and shelter. Accessible sites also are available. Reservations are available for shelters through the Central Reservation System.

  • RVing

    All 450 sites have electricity and a dump station is provided.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available during open hours Memorial Day through Labor Day. A modern bathhouse provides showers, dressing facilities, restrooms, and food concessions. Waterskiing is also open to visitors.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and ice fishing can be enjoyed in the winter.

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Located approximately 65 miles west of Louisville, KY, the major recreation area is west of the intersection of IN 64 and 145.

Phone Numbers


(812) 685-2464