US Army Corps of Engineers
Louisville District

Salamonie Lake

Welcome to Salamonie Lake

6420 E. Salamonie Dam Road
Lagro, IN 46941
(260) 782-2358
Office hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

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Welcome to the Salamonie Lake web site. The lake is located in Wabash and Huntington counties in northeastern Indiana, about 34 miles southwest of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Salamonie Lake exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The lake has 2,665 acres of water in the summer for fishing, boating, swimming and other water-related activities. The total project includes almost 12,000 acres of land and water, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities year around. The menu on the right leads to specific recreation and other lake information.

Salamonie 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 lake operates primarily as a unit with Huntington and Mississinewa lakes to reduce flood stages in the upper Wabash River Basin. The dam is about 15 miles east of Wabash, Ind., on the Salamonie River, a tributary of the Wabash River. Salamonie also operates with other lakes downstream to reduce flood stages along the lower Wabash River and the Ohio River. The area’s most directly benefited include the cities of Wabash, Peru, and Logansport, Ind., and about 31,500 acres of agricultural land and related developments.

During the fall and winter months, when excessive rainfall is likely, the lake is kept at a relatively low level referred to as winter pool. Should heavy rains occur, surface water runoff is stored in the lake until the swollen streams and rivers below the dam have receded and can handle the release of the stored water without damage to lives and property.

Salamonie Lake is located between its two sister lakes, Huntington and Mississinewa lakes. The area was home to the Miami and Osage Indians.

Monument City, platted in 1876, was one of three small towns removed when the lake was built. The town’s namesake and first structure was a civil war monument engraved with the names of 27 men from Polk Township who died in the Civil War. The monument and the town’s cemetery were relocated one mile north of the lake.


 
                                                                                 

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