Lower Patoka River
downstream of the Patoka Lake Dam
The Lower Patoka River has good flow for most of the year thanks to
the discharge from Patoka Reservoir. The fishing for white bass, sauger
and channel catfish is outstanding. In fact, the fishing for channel catfish
is the best I have experienced in Indiana.
The take out at Dubois is very convenient at the small dam in town.
There are a few good cafe's in town. From Dubois the Patoka winds to
Jasper. Further downstream is the Sugar Hill Fish and Wildlife area and
the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.
East and west of St. Rd. 57 the old meandering river channel still exists
as backwater oxbows in a bottomland hardwood forest setting with the
main flow of water running in the remnants of the historic Wabash-Erie
canal. The construction costs of this incomplete canal, designed to
connect the lower Wabash River to Lake Erie by way of Ft. Wayne,
broke the state of Indiana at that time. This is a very interesting stretch
with abundant wildlife, but a slow paddle.
4 to 8 hours
8 and up
ratings are based on a scale
of 1 to 4
"a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never
to its original dimensions". Oliver Holmes
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