Patoka Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Indiana

Patoka Lake State Park

is a massive recreational park that contains just over 26,000 acres of land and water in Indiana. More specifically, it's located in Birdseye, south of historic French Lick and east of Jasper. Throughout the year, the state park hosts seasonal events that are open to guests at the renovated Moery Cabin. There are also opportunities to learn about Dutch oven cooking and other traditional practices that were essential in the development of the region’s culture. Some amenities you can enjoy at Patoka Lake State Park include an archery range, several hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and a disc golf course. Three cities near the state park you can conveniently travel to are Eckerty, Saint Meinrad and Ferdinand. 

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Weather
Spring 33-75 F
Summer 61-86 F
Fall 34-80 F
Winter 20-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Patoka Lake State Park

Before booking your trip to Patoka Lake State Park, be sure to consider renting a quality RV. These vehicles offer a variety of useful features that can take your trip to the next level and make it one you will never forget. To get started, take a visit to RVshare to see which rigs would best fit your needs as you plan your journey to the park. 

Painter Creek RV Park

Painter Creek RV Park is a fantastic campground that offers exciting recreational activities without diminishing its relaxing atmosphere. It's centrally located in French Lick, providing quick and easy access from Patoka Lake State Park. All of the sites here come equipped with full hookups, and they're available in 30- and 50-amp form. Nearby attractions you can pursue during a stay at this RV park include gaming, golfing, boating and dining.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is an extremely popular RV park you can stay in near Patoka Lake State Park. The campground has been called the best RV park in Indiana by Readers Digest and twice been named the winner of the National RV Park of the Year award. Amenities to look forward to include grills, concrete pads and fire pits. The kids can stay preoccupied with activities like basketball, gaming, mini-golf and more.

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What to Do at
Patoka Lake State Park

Inside Patoka Lake State Park

One of the most popular attractions at Patoka Lake State Park is the enormous Patoka Lake, which has a total area of about 8,800 acres. Visitors can go to the lake to bask alongside the natural scenery and spot wildlife such as jellyfish, river otters, osprey and bald eagles. Waterfront activities you can partake in include water skiing, jet skiing, boating, fishing and more. When it comes to things to do on land, the state park offers a variety of hiking trails that run throughout the premises and offer memorable experiences. The Wildlife Management Demonstration Trail, for example, begins at the Nature Center and shows guests the intricacies that come with the region’s unique ecosystem. 

Outside Patoka Lake State Park

You won't want to miss out on Dubois County, Indiana, and the cities close by once you've made your rounds inside Patoka Lake State Park. From homestyle cooking you're unlikely to find outside of the area to an exciting shopping and entertainment scene, the options outside of the park are far from lacking. 

Restaurants

Homestead BBQ

For delicious Indiana barbecue that embodies the spirit of the region, head to Homestead BBQ. Pulled pork nachos, smoked spareribs and whole smoked chickens are among the options you can order here.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 2055 Main St, Ferdinand, IN 47532

The Schnitzelbank Restaurant

If you're a big fan of German food, be sure to have a meal at The Schnitzelbank Restaurant. The establishment is known for serving quality German fare and American classics.

Type: German

Location: 393 3rd Ave, Jasper, IN 47546

Jasper Pub 'N' Grub

If you're looking for a great spot to have a meal and watch a sporting event, stop by Jasper Pub 'N' Grub. The friendly and informed staff is even equipped to address any questions you may have about the area.

Type: American

Location: 514 Jackson St, Jasper, IN 47546

The Mill House Restaurant

The Mill House Restaurant is a local restaurant in Jasper that receives great reviews from guests. They serve classic American cuisine, such as hamburgers, but they also host a pizza buffet.

Type: American

Location: 1340 Mill St, Jasper, IN 47546

El Maguey Grill

El Maguey Grill is one of the best Mexican spots you'll find near Patoka Lake State Park. It offers a welcoming atmosphere and a menu packed with delicious options.

Type: Mexican

Location: 3570 N Newton St, Jasper, IN 47546

Shopping

Southgate Shopping Center

Southgate Shopping Center is a terrific shopping mall located centrally in Jasper. You can visit the shopping center to restock on general supplies or eat at a restaurant.

Location: 305 US-231, Jasper, IN 47546

Monastery Gift Shop

At the Monastery Gift Shop, a charming shop in Ferdinand, you'll find a variety of souvenirs and gifts related to Patoka Lake. The staff is well-informed on the cultural relevance of its products, making your search simple.

Location: 840 E 10th St, Ferdinand, IN 47532

Froggys Bait And Tackle

Froggys Bait And Tackle is a wonderful hunting and fishing store located in nearby Huntingburg. It's known for being one of the best places in town when you're looking for fresh bait.

Location: 512 N Washington St, Huntingburg, IN 47542

Nicholson Valley Grocery

Nicholson Valley Grocery is a local grocery store you can reach conveniently from the state park in Dubois. The spot is known for its friendly service and low prices.

Location: 10191 IN-56, Dubois, IN 47527

Sightseeing

Dubois County Museum

To learn how and why Dubois County has reached its current state of affairs, you can visit the Dubois County Museum. Established in 1999, the museum offers compelling insights into the historical account of the areas near the park.

Location: 2704 N Newton St, Jasper, IN 47546

Schaeffer Barn

Schaeffer Barn is a popular barn and tourist attraction located in Jasper. The rustic feel of the old property provides guests the authentic experience they seek.

Location: 401-499 E 4th St, Jasper, IN 47546

Jasper Arts Center & Krempp Gallery

If you have a taste for the arts, be sure to check out the Jasper Arts Center & Krempp Gallery. Here, you can enjoy quality musical performances and browse the unique art gallery.

Location: 951 College Ave, Jasper, IN 47546

Dubois County Fairgrounds

The Dubois County Fairgrounds is a popular location in Huntingburg that hosts exciting events throughout the year. It features a shower house, social pavilion and a playground for children.

Location: 4157 S St Rd #162, Huntingburg, IN 47542

St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church is a beautiful and historic Roman Catholic Church you can find in Jasper. It was built in the late 1800s with the Romanesque Revival style, giving it a compelling aesthetic appeal that attracts a variety of visitors.

Location: 1029 Kundeck St, Jasper, IN 47546

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How to Get to
Patoka Lake State Park

The two most common cities to drive from when heading to Patoka Lake State Park are Indianapolis and Cincinnati. 

On the route from Indianapolis, you should start by taking S West St and Bluff Rd to IN-37 S in Perry Township. Then, follow IN-37 S, I-69 and IN-37 to County Rd 350 W/Liberty Baptist Church Rd in Marion Township. Continue on Liberty Baptist Church Rd, and then take N Co Rd 450 W, N Co Rd 475 W, N Co Rd 500 W, N Co Rd 600 W and Orangeville Rd to US-150 W in French Lick Township. You'll arrive once you take IN-145 S to N Newton Stewart Rd in Patoka Township. 

Coming from Cincinnati, start by getting on I-71 S/I-75 S in Covington from E 6th St and US-127 S/US-42 S/Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. Next, continue on I-71, take I-64 W to IN-37 N in Oil Township and take exit 79 from I-64 W. After continuing along IN-37 N, take IN-145 N to Elon Rd in Patoka Township.

Entering Patoka Lake State Park

Check with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for adjusted operating hours for Patoka Lake and other parks.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $9

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