High Water May Force Changes Along Patoka River This Week

From Local Sources / Photo: visitindiana.com 

DUBOIS -- Many have been asking about the status of Patoka Lake given the large (3.00 inches +) rain event we experienced on Father’s Day. As of this writing, the lake level is at 547.4, or 11.4 feet above normal summer pool, and RISING. 

As of this morning, the Patoka Lake, United States Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District has essentially shut-off the discharge from the dam to release 20 cubic feet per second (+/-), due to downstream flooding. Visitors to Patoka Lake should anticipate that some facilities at the lake, such as courtesy docks, may be impacted over the coming week as additional rainfall is expected and the lake is expected to continue to rise. 

We encourage our friends and visitors to monitor this page for updates as well as monitor the Patoka Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers page for additional details.

PATOKA LAKE BEACH: The Patoka Lake Beach remains closed due to high water. Current lake levels are flooding the parking area.  
RAMPS: Boat Ramps are open and available for use. HOWEVER, sections of all of our courtesy docks are underwater. Park staff will be trying to work to move the docks to usable positions, if possible. We want visitors to know that many of the docks are drawn as close to mainland as they can be. Visitors who are coming to boat on Patoka Lake should expect that they may need to launch and load from the ramp itself. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

One Final Note: We want to take a moment to remind everyone that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources does not manage the Patoka Lake dam or spillway area. Therefore, we have no control on the lake levels or the water discharge into the Patoka River. If you have questions or concerns about these matters, please contact their office(s).