Less than five minutes to 17 mile-long Brookville Lake
Stay at The Brookville Inn for a weekend of fun!
A part of the Brookville Lake -Whitewater Memorial State Park Complex, Brookville Reservoir lies in the historic east fork of the Whitewater River Valley. Traces of prehistoric Native American mounds are still found throughout this valley. The area is known by some worldwide for its significant deposit of Ordovician fossils. These 450- million-year-old fossils, reminders of a primeval inland sea, can still be seen.
Brookville Lake is home to two State Recreation Areas: Mounds SRA (not to be confused with Mounds State Park in Anderson) and Quakertown SRA.
The lake property has more than 25 miles of hiking trails, boating opportunities, and nationally known recreational and sport fishing. Two beaches and more than 400 campsites make this an ideal family vacation spot.
The area was purchased by the federal government for flood control and to provide a place for wildlife and recreation. More than 11,000 acres provide a variety of habitats for plants and wildlife. Brookville is one of the few sites in Indiana where walleye grow big enough for fisheries biologists to milk the females for eggs to supply walleye fry to many lakes in Indiana.
Marinas (Some marinas offer daily/weekly dock & buoy rentals)
Fly Fishing click here for Brookvile Lake fly fishing map
The tailwater fishes well year-round when water flows are wadeable. Of course, the US Army Corps of Engineers operate the dam with flood control as their primary objective so when they need to lower the level of the lake, stand back; but they have been responsive to the requests for flow controls on the tailwater when flooding is not a concern.
This is a "cool" water tailwater below Brookville lake. The dam is a Hypolimnetic Dam which means is has the capability of releasing water from multiple depths to achieve proper amounts of DO (Dissolved Oxygen) and can release at a certain temperature. The lake is set up to never release water above 71 degrees, thus being considered a "cool" water Fishery.
Species Found: Lake species include walleyes, LM Bass, Perch, Crappies and Catfish, but the real attraction here is the stretch of water that runs approx. 2 miles from the Dam to the Whitewater river that is a trout fishery. Rainbows are stocked here in the Spring and Fall as part of the Indiana Trout Stocking Program. Recently the Central Indiana Trout Unlimited, Chapter 699, with permission from the Indiana State Wildlife Agency, (IDNR) has been stocking small Brown trout to see if they will holdover from year to year. So far the results are promising and there are some holdover fish from past stockings. It is recommended that ALL Brown Trout be released to help show the state they can survive and will grow all year long! Brookville Tailwaters Map (Map of Brookville Tailwaters)
Hiking click here for trail map
Hunting & Fishing
Fish habitat is excellent for species such as Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, and Walleye. In fact, Brookville Lake is the single source walleye stock for nearly every walleye impoundment in Indiana. Typical female breeding walleye exceed 25 inches and often are in the 30 inch plus range.
Saltwater Striped Bass are also stocked at Brookville and are kept fed on large schools of shad forage fish. Other species found in the lake are Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Muskee and Catfish.
Another great fishery is the Brookville Lake tail water, below the dam. Here you'll find Trout; Rainbows stocked by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Brown Trout stocked by Trout Unlimited. New regulations limit brown trout minimums at 20 inches which is resulting in a much more productive resource in the brown trout catch.
White Tail Deer abound in this part of Indiana and numerous deer hunting opportunities, along with Wild Turkey in the same habitat, are available for archery and gun seasons.
Duck and goose hunting is also productive on the lake and its tributaries.
Guided Fishing Trips