Patoka Sportsman 6-30-18

Patoka Sportsman 6-30 & 7-1-18

Enjoy a fireworks display at Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, June 30. Fireworks will start at dark.Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray.Already camping at Patoka this weekend?Then there is no need to drive down to the beach.Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display.Arrive early to get the best seats!Tune your radios to WITZ-FM 104.7 radio for themed music during the event. Streaming is also available at www.witzamfm.com or from an iPhone or Android smart phone app. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka! The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, July 27 at 9:30p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and luminaries. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held Friday, Aug. 3 & Sat. Aug. 4 at the Chrisney 4-H Center Shooting Sports building.Attendance at both sessions is required to pass the course.You must bring a highlighter, drink of choice (water will be on hand) bring a snack.Lunch will be provided on Saturday about noon courtesy of the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.Dress for the weather.For more info contact Perry Frey at pjfrey@psci.net

The Westside Sportsman Club of Evansville is hosting an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday Aug. 12 from 8 AM – 2 PM each day.Lunch and snacks will be provided.To register for any Indiana Hunter Ed. Course go to pass it on Indiana dot com and sign up.

Property owners can now legally use paint to mark their properties as “no trespassing.”Known as the Purple Paint law, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation June 11 and it will go into effect July 1.Rep. Stephen Bartels from Eckerty authored the bill, which passed the Indiana House and Senate this last legislative session.Landowners can paint vertical purple paint lines on trees and posts to indicate no trespass zones.Properties with the purple lines will be under the no trespass law.Anyone caught crossing into the no trespass area could be subject to prosecution under the law.If the property is marked, the liability on the property owner is minimized if someone illegally enters the property and gets hurt.With the new law, property owners do not have to worry about making sure no trespass signs are still up and visible.Landowners have said they have problems with people stealing or taking down signs and with bad weather destroying signs.Indiana is the 15th sate to allow purple paint to mark property lines.Bartels represents House District 74, which covers Cass, Ferdinand, Jackson, Jefferson and Patoka townships in Dubois County, portions of Spencer and Orange counties and all of Perry and Crawford counties.

Patoka Lake is the best spot in Indiana for guys to get away and fish, according to the readers of Electric Consumer magazine. Electric Consumer readers voted the 8,800-acre lake in Dubois, Crawford and Orange counties as their favorite fishing spot. You can read more in the magazine’s “Best of Indiana” June issue at electricconsumer.org. About 275,000 families and businesses receive the magazine. Patoka Lake offers more than 160 miles of shoreline and plenty of fishing opportunities, according to property manager Jason Hickman. 
The DNR has stocked walleye in Patoka for more than five years. Patoka also has an excellent catfish population with nearly 40-pound catfish caught every year. Monroe Lake, West Boggs Lake, and Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon) Lake also received votes. Fish populations at all four lakes are monitored and managed by DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife fisheries biologists. And at Patoka, Monroe and Raccoon lakes, the DNR Division of State Parks manages much of the surrounding land for recreation.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday July 8th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. For more information , call cliff fleck at (812)630-0454)or karla brames at 8128273756

Join Patoka’s 2nd annual car show with a view at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 21, 2018.The show will run from 10:00a.m. until 3:00p.m. EDT in the upper beach parking lot overlooking the lake.$20 entry donation is accepted but not required.Motorcycles are welcome too! Day of registration will begin at 9a.m. at the event site.The entrance fee to Patoka Lake will be waived for all participants. Come on out rain or shine! The first 50 registered vehicles will receive a dash plaque.Trophies will be awarded!Enjoy music, food, door prizes and a large silent auction. All proceeds from this event will support the educational birds of prey at the Nature Center.This program is brought to you by the Patoka Lake Volunteers. For questions or to register call Ivy at (812)267-7460.

The 27th Annual Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 from 12p.m. -4p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center then from 8p.m.- 11p.m. (or later) at the Patoka Lake Beach.Enjoy a special presentation by members of the Louisville & Evansville Astronomical Societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford, IN as they share their knowledge of the solar system.8 to 11 PM “Stars on the Beach” Amateur astronomers will share their knowledge of the night sky and have telescopes set up for viewing of celestial wonders. A special astronomy presentation will be held at 8 PM.

12 PM “The Planets” – P is for Planet, P is for Pizza

1 PM “The Summer Solstice” –Learn about the first day of summer and the importance of this day

2 PM “Universe Scale” – Contemplating Distances to the Planets, Stars, and Galaxies

3 PM “Meteorites” – Things Do Fall From the Sky!

1 to 3 PM Constellation Crafts – where kids can make it and take it.

12 to 4 PM Solar Observing - Safely view the Sun through specially filtered telescopes.

The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area at Patoka Reservoir.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists as you paddle upstream of Patoka Lake on Sunday, July 29th at 10:30A.M.This 2-hour adventure starts at the secluded King’s Bridge Boat Ramp.You can also meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office to car caravan to the boat ramp.Caravan will leave promptly at 9:15A.M. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka while looking for bald eagles, beaver and other wildlife as participants paddle their way to Grimes Lake Marsh. Bring preferred refreshments, life vests, binoculars and cameras. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8:00a.m. -4:00p.m. daily.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists for a night tour on Patoka Lake Saturday, July 28 from 8:30PM to 10PM. The tour will start and end at Painter Creek Boat Ramp on Highway 145.Enjoy the evening light of a full moon as you check out beautiful creek scenery and look for frogs, owls, and other nocturnal wildlife along the way. All participants are required to wear a lifejacket and each boat must have one front facing white flashlight or headlamp. Participants should plan to arrive to the ramp no later than 8:10p.m. to register for this free program. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. daily.