Patoka Lake

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Patoka Lake


(812) 678-3761

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The 8,800 acre Patoka Lake is located in southern Indiana and within the Hoosier National Forest Purchase Area. The lake exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The lake has 8,880 acres of water in the summer for fishing, boating, swimming and other water-related activities. The Patoka Lake region offers many opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate in the great outdoors.

Map of Patoka Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 38.425084, -86.668053



  • Boating

    Boating regulations and fees are managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Please wear a Personal Flotation Device and operate boats safely.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is permitted on the roads around the lake.

  • Camping

    Camping is allowed at the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

  • Fishing

    The existing fish were eradicated initially from the lake and contributing streams. The lake was restocked with traditional warm shallow water game fish (bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, and sunfish etc.) which have done well. The State of Indiana DNR conducts annual fish surveys and periodically restocks the lake to maintain a balanced fish population. Stripers and walleye have been added to the restocking program. No rare or endangered species have been discovered.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is permitted at the lake.

  • Hunting

    Hunting opportunities are available at many locations around and on the lake. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources have fall dove hunts available via a lottery. The IDNR and the Forest Service have accessible hunting locations for the mobility-impaired. Follow all hunting safety rules to protect everyone who may be using the project.

    To purchase a hunting license, anyone born after 1986 must successfully complete a hunter education class offered by the DNR. Hunters certified in another state or Canada can also present a card or certificate and purchase an Indiana hunting license.

  • Picnicking

    There are several picnic areas and shelters around the lake.

  • RVing

    Electric hookup sites are availible at the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area.

  • Water Sports

    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. Beaches are located at the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area.



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

Phone Numbers


(812) 678-3761