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You can help DNR improve fish habitat at Patoka Lake during a volunteer habitat structure build day on Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  

Structures are needed because as reservoirs such as Patoka Lake age, the number, and type of hiding places for prey fish decrease.

The Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program addresses this issue and works to build a fish habitat where the natural structure is lacking. Building structures out of pallets is one option to improve habitat complexity.

Pallets and hardware will be provided. Volunteers should bring cordless drills, work gloves, and protective eyewear if they have them, but tools are not required to attend.

Staff and volunteers will work outside so please dress accordingly; long pants and close-toed shoes are recommended. Bring snacks and plenty of drinking water. Volunteers are not required to stay for the entire time.

Register for this event by signing up as a volunteer with the Division of Fish & Wildlife. See on.IN.gov/dfwvolunteer and follow instructions under “Sign up to Volunteer.”

Once you have a volunteer account, register for the event by clicking “current volunteer opportunities in CERVIS” under volunteer opportunities and selecting Patoka Lake Habitat Build.

The Patoka Fish Habitat Enhancement Plan is available on Indiana’s Reservoir Habitat Enhancement Program webpage, see wildlife.IN.gov/7665.htm for details.