DNR NEWS Indiana Department of Natural Resources 402 W. Washington St. W255 B Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748 For immediate release: March 5, 2007 Prather Creek Lake to be gradually drained after April 15 for repairs Informational open house slated for March 13 Prather Lake, a 4-acre lake in Morgan-Monroe State Forest in Morgan County, will be lowered approximately 1 foot per day starting on or soon after April 15 to provide an opportunity for needed repairs on the dam. An informational open house is scheduled for March 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the state forest office. The meeting site is 5 miles south of Martinsville on State Road 37, then about seven miles east on Old State Road 37 at the intersection with Forest Road, phone (812) 988-7945 or (765) 342-4026. Work is scheduled to start in May. Repairs include replacement of the drainage system and the installation of a new spillway outfall structure with erosion control at the outfall. The project also includes the installation of armoring from the top of the dam to the bottom of the spillway side of the dam. The lake must be drained and empty during the dry season so this work can occur. Refilling should begin in December. With normal rainfall, the lake should be two-thirds full by spring. While the lake is refilling, construction will continue with armoring of the dam serving as an emergency overflow spillway. The construction project is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The lake will be restocked with fingerling fish once the water reaches an adequate level for their survival. With sufficient rainfall, stocking should occur in 2008. Provided that conditions allow the project to stay on schedule, bluegill of a size fit for catching should be available by 2010. Some small bass should be available by 2011. A 14-inch minimum size limit and a five-fish daily bag limit for bass will remain in effect after the lake is restocked. -30- Media Contacts: Jim Allen, Property Manager, 812/988-7945; Tom Lyons, Assistant State Forester, 317/232-4105 My response to this is: I've got to say this really irk's me ! As a resident of Morgan county I would much rather them fix the dam at the old Bean Blossom lake. First they fix the Byrants Creek Lake and re-stocked it with fingerlings, and now they are going to do this to Prathers lake, or also called hidden lake. Its beyond me, but thats two fishing holes that will be stocked with fingerlings and won't produce any decent size fish for a few years to come. I think its a downright shame that DNR has turned their backs on the old Bean Blossom lake. I say use some of that lottery money and get it fixed too !!!!! I have not gotten a reply to this from DNR.