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Dogwood Lake

8,060 acres of small impoundments of wildlife habitat, including 1400 acres of recreational waters found in 22 ponds and Dogwood Lake, comprise the Glendale State Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA). Owned by Indiana Department Of Natural Resources, Dogwood Lake was formed by the 1963 completion of Glendale Reservoir, (formerly known as Dogwood Lake Dam), on Mud Creek in Daviess County.

Dogwood Lake is primarily used by anglers and boaters while the wildlife area surrounding the lake offers hunting, camping, picnicking, wild edible collecting and wildlife watching. Please note that a collecting permit is required for collecting anything except nuts, berries and mushrooms.

The wildlife area provides a home for deer, squirrel, rabbit, snipe, woodcock, dove, wild turkey and quail. Osprey, red-tailed hawks, woodpeckers, songbirds, bald eagles and a wide variety of waterfowl also find homes at Glendale FWA.

Various facilities are open seasonally while others are available year round. For example, the campground comfort station, which provides hot showers and flushable toilets is open from April 1 through Oct 31, and water fountains are only available from April 15 through October 15.


When not fishing from a boat, anglers have three designated shoreline fishing areas and several fishing piers from which to reel in their daily catches. Two wheelchair-accessible fishing piers: one on the shore of Dogwood Lake and the other on Horseshoe Pond make fishing available to everyone. A fish-cleaning station near the entrance to the campground is available for all to use.

Stocked annually with largemouth bass, crappie, redear, bluegill, and catfish, Dogwood Lake offers excellent fishing opportunities. All legal bait is allowed. Please note that carp and live gizzard shad are considered illegal bait.

The lake closes to boats during every waterfowl season, and special permits are required to enter the waterfowl resting areas and / or to fish from the shore in designated areas. Be sure to heed the posted signs around Dogwood Lake. Some activities in marked areas are restricted or off limits.


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    Dogwood Lake Indiana Coordinates:
38.5517N -87.0436W
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Surface Area:
1,400 acres
Maximum Depth:
23 ft
488 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
4 ft
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There is a 10 hp motor limit on Dogwood Lake while the ponds are restricted to boats manually operated by oars, paddles, sails or small electric trolling motors. Boat rental is available at Dogwood Lake.

Several boat ramps are available for accessing Dogwood Lake and many of the ponds in the Glendale FWA. Four concrete launch ramps are available: Two on Dogwood Lake, one on Dove Hollow Marsh and one on the East Fork of White River. Big Piney, Goose, Redwing and Wren Ponds offer gravel boat ramps.

Please Note: Swimming is not allowed in Dogwood Lake or in any of the ponds.


Glendale State Fish and Wildlife Area lodging options include campgrounds with 67 electric and 54 non-electric campsites. Some of the sites include fire rings. Reservations are not required, but they are available if reserved site is paid in advance, in person, at the park.

The Lake Resource Guide offers additional information on lodging and other facilities in the area.


The closest major city to Dogwood Lake is Indianapolis. Other nearby cities: Evansville, Washington, Montgomery, Jasper and Bloomington. Dogwood Lake flows through parts of Daviess County.

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