Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge is closed because of the government shutdown. All public activities are cancelled. This includes any activities on refuge lands including hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing off public roads.
Patoka 2000, the beautification committee of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, will soon plant mums in new urns that outline the bridge area. The Rotary Club of Jasper provided the funding to replace the larger cast iron flower pots on the bridge.
This committee works to maintain this area as an entryway into the City of Jasper. The planters are spruced up with live flowers three times per year. Because live plants are used, they must be watered regularly.
The U.S. Forest Service is beginning a study of the road system on the Hoosier National Forest and wants to know which national forest roads are important to visitors and why.
“The Forest Service is committed to balancing the needs for public access to the Hoosier National Forest with our responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse and healthy national forest,” said Forest Supervisor Melany Glossa.
When we think of that area in Asia called Vietnam, those old enough to remember those days in history remember a time, from 1959 to April 30, 1975, when the United States was attempting to block the spread of communism into South Vietnam by the North Vietnamese communist government. Many thought that this was a war that could not be won.
Patoka Lake is hoping Tri-Staters will experience its many charms this summer. The 8,800-acre lake has 161 miles of shoreline and ten launch ramps for recreational boating and fishing as well as other opportunities to relax and have fun.
According to Property Manager Tony Hazelwood, “The fishing season for crappie and bass has been good so far this year, and the blue gill season is just beginning. The lake is at an ideal water level, and the boat ramps and facilities are in great shape.”