US Army Corps of Engineers
Louisville District

J. Edward Roush Lake

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Welcome to J. Edward Roush Lake

Located on the Wabash River in eastern Huntington County, J. Edward Roush Lake and Fish and Wildlife area offer outstanding boating, hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor recreation activities. J. Edward Roush Lake operates primarily as flood control. It works in conjunction with Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes to control the Upper Wabash River Basin. Originally called Huntington Lake, the dam and lake were renamed to honor retired representative J. Edward Roush, who was instrumental in obtaining funding for the lake.

We hope that your visit is safe and enjoyable and that you come back often! Remember to always wear your PFD while on the lake!

While the Corps manages the dam operations, Indiana DNR Fish and Wildlife operates many of the recreation areas.

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735 N Warren Road
Huntington, IN  46750
(260) 356-8648
Office hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

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J. Edward Roush Lake is unable to reserve Corps managed shelters at this time. The shelters at Observation Mound and Arrowhead North operate on a first come, first serve bases.

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J. Edward Roush Lake lies in Huntington and Wells counties, Indiana. The lake is located 3 miles southeast of Huntington, Ind., 20 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, and is about a 100-mile drive from Indianapolis.
Formerly known as Huntington Lake, J. Edward Roush Lake was authorized under the Flood Control Act of 1958. The Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed, built, and operates the project to reduce flood damages downstream from the dam.

The J. Edward Roush Lake property and surrounding area were occupied by the Miami Indians when the white man first came to the area. As the white men came westward into the Miami Indian’s land during the 1790s and 1800s, the Maumee-Wabash River valleys became the last frontier of Indians resistance in the eastern United States.

Several famous individuals are associated with this area and the struggle at this time. Little Turtle, the greatest war chief of the Miami Indians, led much of the early resistance to the white man’s advance. Little Turtle’s greatest victory came on November 4, 1791, near present-day Fort Recovery, Ohio. His forces defeated a force led by General St. Clair, killing more than 700 of St. Clair’s men. This Indian victory is comparable in impact to Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn.

With Anthony Wayne’s appearance in the area, Little Turtle advocated peace. Other Indian leaders, not wanting peace, were in charge when Wayne’s forces defeated the Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers near the site of present-day Fort Wayne. This marked the end of the Miami’s active fighting resistance to the American military presence. Little Turtle continued leading the Miami Indians and made several trips to Washington, D.C. On one such occasion George Washington presented him with a sword and medal – both buried with him at his death in 1812.

 

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