Summer: Day 1 at Patoka Lake

View of Patoka LakeI have to admit that today of all days I have the perfect job!  On the first official day of summer, I was required take a 2 hour tour aboard The Voyager tour boat from Patoka Lake Marina with a wonderful motor coach group from Michigan.  My task?  Taking photos (see them here)  and capturing video to share with all of you.  I know it seems tough, but someone has to do it.

While enjoying our leisurely cruise in the perfect warm and sunny weather, complete with a cool breeze for comfort, many questions popped up about Patoka Lake.  I thought I would share some vital statistics

Did you know?

  • Patoka Lake first opened to the public on August 20th, 1979.
  • It is the 2nd largest lake in Indiana at 8,800 acres.
  • The lake is 25 miles long.
  • There are 161 miles of shoreline at regular summer pool.
  • The reservoir contains 588,251,310,000 gallons of water at summer pool.
  • 17,000 acres of land features 4 state recreation areas.
  • 10 boat ramps provide access to the lake.
  • Patoka Lake Beach has 1200 feet of sand.
  • There are 5.9 miles of paved bike trails.
  • The Patoka Lake Visitor’s Center features many interesting exhibits relating the history of Patoka Lake and the many species of wildlife found on the property.   Special events and programming hosted by Visitor’s Center staff bring Patoka Lake to life.  There are so many great things about the Visitor’s Center that it deserves its very own blog in the near future.

Patoka Lake is also special for what you don’t see.    You will not find homes, businesses, or development of any type along the shoreline.  It is truly a place to commune with nature.

What is the best way to enjoy Patoka Lake?  It all depends on you!  You can enjoy water sports, fish, cruise or just kick back and enjoy the scenery.  Rent a houseboat for a week or for the weekend or a pontoon boat for the day.  You can even stay in a floating cabin!  But… if you are a landlubber when it comes to lodging, you can enjoy one of the many nearby cabin rentals.

A little something more...
Check out these great articles about Patoka Lake from Midwest Living Magazine and USA Today.
Midwest Living – Uncrowded Lake Getaways
USA Today – 51 Great Places to View Wildlife

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