Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana

Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana
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Recreation Opportunities at Patoka Lake
  Rent a boat on the lake. See the attractions on land!  
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Dining Options at Patoka Lake
  Grocery stores, fast food, bar & grills, fine dining, and lots in between!  
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Patoka Lake cited as best for wildlife viewing in USA Today

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Lodging Accommodations at Patoka Lake
  Cabins, campgrounds, resorts, houseboats, and more!  
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Helpful Services at Patoka Lake
  Bait & tackle, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, and more!  
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Crawford County - We Are Outdoor Recreation

Crawford County - We Are Outdoor RecreationThe southeast part of Patoka Lake is in Crawford County, which is known for it’s scenic beauty. Enjoy caving year-round at the internationally famous Marengo Cave. Rent a canoe from Cave Country Canoes and float down the Blue River, one of Indiana’s three natural and scenic rivers.

Enjoy a great meal and a fantastic view at the Overlook Restaurant. Getting there is half the fun! Crawford County has several designated scenic byways.

Want to hike or camp? Be sure to check out Hemlock Cliffs or O’Bannon Woods State Park…or just check out our website! We have it all listed there!



Stay and play in Orange County

Visit French Lick West BadenOrange County is a unique blend of history and recreation. This tranquil community is famous for its spectacular architecture, rural scenery, mineral springs, and outdoor sports. Visit the new casino. Enjoy a tour of two magnificent hotels, one newly reopened to guests in 2007. Snow ski or snowboard down 15 slopes of machine-groomed snow. Take a train ride through a 2,200-foot tunnel in the heart of the Hoosier National Forest. Taste a locally produced wine. Dine at an elegant inn, the former mansion home of a local casino and circus mogul. Boat, hunt, or fish at the 8,800-acre reservoir. There is also a wide range of bed and breakfasts, cabins, and motels from which to choose. From dogwood blossoms in the spring, to summer water sports, to fabulous fall foliage, to snow skiing…Orange County is a place for all seasons.



Create a Memory in Dubois County!

Create a memory in Dubois CountyLocated in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, Dubois County is a place to create a memory that will last a lifetime! Enjoy a getaway where you will find something for the entire family; destination golf, fun on Patoka Lake, antique and specialty shops, beautiful scenery, family-fun festivals, historic architecture, a tourist train, and so much more!! Great lodging awaits with the scenic Patoka’s Overlook Cabin, houseboats with Hoosier Hills Marina, and other lodging only a short drive away from beautiful Patoka Lake. For more information on what all to do in Dubois County, visit our website at



Patoka Lake has a lot to do. Everybody's idea of the perfect vacation differs. Some people may like to go fishing, while others may want to try houseboat or cabin rental. The Patoka Lake Area Year-round (P.L.A.Y.) Association hopes this website will help you easily plan your ideal vacation and come PLAY at Patoka Lake.

Our Patoka Lake website uses the latest database technology so you can view a custom website DESIGNED to provide Patoka Lake information JUST FOR YOU! Find all the info you need, and just the info you want. Print your results to create your own custom Patoka Lake travel planner.

To plan a trip to beautiful Patoka Lake Indiana you need to know your options for three main elements: What to Do, Where to Stay, and Where to Eat. We throw in information on Helpful Services for other things that might enhance your visit.

  • What to Do - Find lots of ways to enjoy the lake and surrounding area...outdoor activities, indoor attractions, fun distractions.
  • Where to Stay - Find lodging options of all kinds...campgrounds, cabins, hotels, motels, resorts, and more.
  • Where to Eat - Find places to grab a quick bite, have a sit-down dining experience, or just get some groceries to fix your own meals.
  • Helpful Services - All the other necessities you might need, like bait & tackle, camping supplies, gas stations, ATMs, post offices, laundry facilities, etc.

Patoka Lake offers fun for all. There is a large campground, a nice swimming beach, and two large marinas. Cabin and boat rentals are very popular. The lake is popular with fisherman and offers many quiet coves to explore. Technically called Patoka Reservoir (not Patoka Lake State Park), the area is abutted by Hoosier National Forest and several State Recreation Areas. There are miles of hiking trails, biking trails, and loads of nearby shopping opportunities.

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Did you know?

  • Patoka Lake is Indiana's 2nd biggest Reservoir.
  • Patoka Lake is not a state park. It is managed by Indiana DNR. It is owned and built by US Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Patoka Lake has the highest density of cabin and boat rentals in Indiana.


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