Indiana's Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program

Preparing to install fish habitat

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife is working to reset the clock on our aging reservoirs with a new program to improve and increase aquatic habitat in selected bodies of water.

The program, called the Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program, started in 2016. It will enhance habitat through the placement of structures, shoreline stabilization and dredging.

In some reservoirs, existing aquatic habitat has deteriorated. Other reservoirs may have been lacking in habitat since construction due to water quality, water level fluctuations or other issues.

Vegetation on boat

Reservoir habitat program steps

  • Map bathymetry and vegetation of reservoirs using sonar to determine amount of available habitat.
  • Rank reservoirs based on habitat availability.
  • One to two reservoirs will be selected each year as a project lake.
  • Work with agencies and partners to develop a Habitat Enhancement Plan for the project lake.
  • Work with partners and volunteers to build structures.
  • DFW will place habitat structures at designated locations using a habitat pontoon.

Planting vegetation

Project lake schedule

  • 2016: Sullivan Lake, 451 acres (plan, map)
  • 2017: Cecil M. Harden, 2,060 acres (plan, map)
  • 2017: Hominy Ridge
  • 2018: Monroe Lake
  • 2019: Sylvan Lake
  • 2020: Patoka Lake

Contact information

Sandy Clark-Kolaks, south region fisheries research biologist
Phone: (812) 287-8300

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