Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana

Patoka Lake in Southern Indiana
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Recreation Opportunities at Patoka Lake

What to Do

Rent a houseboat. See the sights. Have fun on the water or on land.

Dining Options at Patoka Lake

Where to Eat

From grocery stores, to fast food, to fine dining - and lots in between.

Patoka Lake cited as best for wildlife viewing in USA Today

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Lodging Accommodations at Patoka Lake

Where to Stay

Campgrounds, cabins, resorts, bed & breakfasts, and lots more!

Helpful Services at Patoka Lake

Helpful Services

ATMs, banks, pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, and more!

2nd Annual ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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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.) 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 Patoka Lake Indiana you need to know your options for three elements: what to do, where to sleep and where to eat. We throw in info on lots of other Helpful Services to enhance your visit to beautiful Patoka Lake. We give you all the options, then you select what you're interested in. We give you a custom page with just the info you want. Go here for great Patoka Lake Maps.

Patoka Lake offers fun for all. There is a large campground, two large marina's. Cabin and boat rentals are very popular. The lake is popular with fisherman and offers many quiet coves to explore. There is no Patoka Lake State Park, but the area is abutted by Hoosier National Forest and several State Recreation Areas. There are miles of hiking trails, biking trails, and loads of 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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