Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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Patoka Lake and Patoka River Info and Pictures

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Eric and I went mooching around at Patoka Lake and river last Friday and snapped some pictures. Thought I’d share the experience with you. Patoka is an Indian word meaning “log on the bottom”.

Patoka Lake:  At 8,800 acres is the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. state of Indiana, it spreads across Dubois, Crawford, and Orange counties in southern Indiana. It was created as a joint effort by The Army Corp of Engineers and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It was created by going 118 miles above the mouth of Patoka River and building a 145 feet rockfill, earthen dam.  As well as Patoka River, the lake is also fed by several smaller creeks. The Lake has several parks and nature preserves  totaling 16,920 acres. The lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR. The property was home to the DNR’s resident, non-releasable bald eagle, C52. This raptor lived at Patoka Lake from 1988 until he died in 2009, at age 21. I never got to meet this fellow because he wasn’t available for viewing the two times I was there. 😦 I did, however, almost run off the road once when one swooped low in front of my windshield.

Patoka River is 167 miles long and is a tributary of the Wabash River. The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area established in 1994, is a collection of wildlife refuges and habitats situated along the Patoka River in Gibson and Pike Counties in Southwestern Indiana. We also visited Jasper City Mill which is situated on Patoka River. They have a lovely park and whenever in the area, I like to walk there.

Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

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Patoka lake

Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake

Patoka River walk bridge

Patoka River walk bridge

Jasper City Mill

Jasper City Mill

Jasper City Mill

Jasper City Mill

Patoka River

Patoka River

Patoka River

Patoka River

Bald Eagle image from: Wikipedia

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

28 thoughts on “Patoka Lake and Patoka River Info and Pictures

  1. By coincidence we were at the West Baden Springs Hotel this past Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. One of our favorite places. While there we drove around Lake Patoka. Also checked out the Lost River. Relived “So Cold the River.” Much fun! Thanks for this post. Love your work.

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  2. Wonderful pictures Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing them.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, Elizabeth. I’ve always loved photos of old mills.
    It looks like you had a great day!

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  4. Hi Elizabeth 😀 You missed an “s” in “Eric and I went mooching around at Patoka Lake” 😉 hehe Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Looks like a nice weekend getaway…perfect for long walks…camera in hand…of course! 🙂

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  6. What a lovely day and great pictures!

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  7. Wonderful pictures. Love the eagle shot. All that water is a sight for sore eyes. We have been having such a dry winter and wishing for rain. Looks like a wonderful place to wander on a long afternoon walk.

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  8. What an interesting looking little place…a lot of history!
    Great photos Liza, Eric has really grown into a lovely looking young man 🙂

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  9. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    NOT LAKE CHACHAUGAGAUGMANCHAUGAGAUGCHABUNGAGUNGAMAUG…BUT STILL NICE. DOES THE OLD MILL STILL RUN? LOOKS KIND OF HIGH OUT OF THE WATER! 🙂

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  10. Fabulous shots, great job. Like the new look here. =)

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  11. American bits of water always look so vast. great pictures though, the eagle is wonderful!

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  12. I have to also say, “The eagle is wonderful!” Good to hear from you !

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