J. Edward Roush Lake

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J. Edward Roush Lake

Indiana

(260) 356-8648

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Overview

A 900 acre lake, J. Edward Roush Lake was formerly known as Huntington Lake. It is located in north central Indiana and lies in an area rich in Native American history. The lake exists as a cooperative management effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The lake has 900 acres of water in the summer for fishing, boating, swimming and other water-related activities. The project also includes more than 7,600 acres of land, which offers numerous recreational opportunities year round.

Map of J. Edward Roush Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.845632, -85.461102

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Activities

  • Boating

    J. Edward Roush Lake has almost 900 acres of water for boating. Size, speed and horsepower of boats on the lake are unlimited. During the summer recreation season idle and restricted zones are marked. Follow all boating laws. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources administers all boating laws. Launching permits are required by the State of Indiana. Daily or annual launch permits are available for purchase at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources office.

    There are two concrete boat launching ramps with parking lots. Kil-so-quah Ramp is located on the north side of the lake. It is accessible from U.S. 224. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources charges a fee to enter the Kil-so-quah area during the recreation season. Little Turtle Ramp is located on the south side of the lake and is accessible from Huntington County Division Road. Little Turtle Ramp is only open when the lake is too high for the Kil-so-quah Ramp to be usable.

    Three car-top launching ramps are located at the lake. These ramps are suitable for launching of canoes or other watercraft which can be carried to the water.

  • Camping

    Two campgrounds are available at J. Edward Roush Lake. Both are operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Kil-so-quah Campground, on the north side of the lake, offers 100 primitive camping sites and one youth group area. Little Turtle Campground, on the south side of the lake, offers 30 primitive camping sites.

    For camping fees and reservation information, click on the IDNR camping information link below.

  • Fishing

    All Indiana fishing laws apply to the entire lake project. Fishing questions specific for J. Edward Roush Lake should be directed to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

  • Hunting

    The hunting program at J. Edward Roush Lake is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The entire property is divided into resource management units, both primary and supplementary. There are six self-serve hunter sign-in stations located throughout the property along access routes. Instructions and other hunter information are provided in each station. It is a property regulation that each hunter must obtain daily permission to hunt J. Edward Roush Lake property by signing in at a station and checking out at the hunt's or day's end.

  • Picnicking

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has two picnic shelters available for reservation. Both shelters are near the J. Edward Roush Lake dam. For more information or to reserve a shelter contact the Corps of Engineers Park Manager at (260) 356-8648.

    Observations Mound A picnic shelter with nine tables and three grills is available for reservation. The shelter has lights, electrical outlets, running water and is handicapped accessible. Public restrooms are nearby. This shelter is on the upstream side of the dam. The shelter overlooks the lake.

    Arrowhead North A picnic shelter with 18 tables is available for reservation. The shelter has lights, electrical outlets, running water and is handicapped accessible. A playground is adjacent to the shelter and public restrooms are nearby. This shelter is on the downstream side of the dam.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted at the Little Turtle Beach site from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. No lifeguards are on duty; visitors must swim at their own risk. Facilities in the area include a sandy beach, picnic tables, changing/restroom facility, drinking fountains, basketball court, and a reservable picnic shelter. Little Turtle Beach is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A fee is charged to enter the Little Turtle Beach area during the recreation season. Some facilities, including the sandy beach, may be closed during the recreation season due to high lake elevations.

Directions

Driving

The park is located one-half mile South of Huntington, IN on IND 5; and 35 mi SW of Fort Wayne, IN via I-69.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(260) 356-8648

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