Patoka Lake & Recreational Area

Patoka Lake is Southern Indiana’s #1 recreation area.

The 8,800-acre lake along with 26,000 acres of DNR property offer boating, swimming, water-skiing, fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, canoeing, and camping. Marinas and other privately-owned businesses around the lake provide boat rentals, lodging, houseboat and cabin rentals, and other nearby attractions.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the lake for its clear and clean water providing a perfect venue for boating, swimming, fishing, or skiing on a spacious, uncrowded lake. During the week, it could seem that Patoka Lake is your own personal haven. Toward dusk, the lake is usually ever-so-smooth… perfect for skiing or sinking a line. A bald eagle may be seen swooping toward its nest in a nearby tree overlooking the lake. Weekends, many boaters and water enthusiasts enjoy weekend get-a-ways at Patoka Lake.

The Patoka Lake DNR Recreation Area has one of the largest campgrounds in the state, ten fully improved launching ramps, and state park facilities including shelter houses, playgrounds, a large beach, and ten miles of paved biking and hiking trails winding throughout the park. For more information about Patoka Lake and nearby attractions, visit

Patoka Lake Tour Boat Cruise

Enjoy a scenic cruise aboard the Patoka Voyager on beautiful Patoka Lake, Indiana’s second largest reservoir. Hear about the interesting history of the lake as you look for signs of the abundant wildlife including Bald Eagles and Osprey which may even be sitting on their nests.

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A Day at Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake is Southern Indiana’s #1 recreation area. Experience nature at its finest, enjoying the day in the sun at Patoka Lake and the surrounding area.

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