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Sports and Recreation
Martindale State Fishing Area
Ten miles west of Richmond off I-70 to Jacksonburg, then east on Keppler Road
Middlefork Reservoir Park
Sylvan Nook Drive
Richmond, IN 47374
|The Middlefork Reservoir Park is a 405-acre
facility which hosts a 177-acre stream and spring-fed lake. Owned by the
Indiana-American Water Company, the Reservoir provides 60% of the water supply to the City
of Richmond. The Parks and Recreation Department manages the recreation facilities
and maintains the park grounds. In addition to fishing and boating, the park also
hosts indoor and outdoor picnic areas, various active and passive play areas, hiking
trails, and an excellent setting for enjoying an afternoon in the sun. Located on
Sylvan Nook Drive, the Middlefork Reservoir is undoubtedly one of Richmond's best kept
Department of Natural Resources regularly stocks and
inventories the fish in the lake. The latest inventory
showed that the Reservoir contains Northern Pike, Large Mouth
Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Longeared Sunfish,
Golden Shiner, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Tiger Muskie,
Pumpkin Seed Sunfish, and Hybrid Sunfish. Recently Northern
Pike have replaced the Tiger Muskie in the regular stocking
schedule. Fisherman of all ages are welcome and must
possess an Indiana State Fishing License and follow State fishing
|Boat Rental Information
Row Boat Rental
1st Hour - $5.75
Additional Hours - $2.00
Rental boats are available during Service Center operational hours. Both
fishing boats and paddle boats are available to those persons 18 years and older.
Oars and lifejackets are provided with each rental. Rentals are based on an hourly rate,
with reduced fees for additional hours. Trolling motors are permitted on the fishing
|Daily and Annual Launch Permits
|Fisherman are welcome to launch their private
boats at the Middlefork Reservoir. Permits are available on an annual basis and can
be purchased at the Service Center during operational hours. Launching is permitted
24 hours a day, but fishermen must carry their permits or receipts with them at all times.
Anyone launching without their permit will be required to leave the facility.
Daily and Annual
Middlefork is a "no wave, no wake" area and has a 6 horsepower maximum limit on
Anyone using boat motors larger than 6 horsepower will be banned from future use of the
facility. Anyone wishing to launch a boat during operational hours must check in at
the Service Center prior to launching their boat.
1 - August 31
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Reservoir Service Center and public restrooms are opened in the Spring.
At this time, boats are allowed on the docks. The gates will remain open
through the season with the exception of certain special events, and the facility will be
staffed during limited hours. Daily operational hours vary according to the season
and weather conditions.
|Indiana and the Midwest
All Outdoors by
"Bayou Bill" Scifres - Bayou Bill's column
formerly appeared in the local
lake - just north of Brookville, Indiana
DNR - Fish and
your Health - Fish Consumption
Indiana - for fishing information on Indiana, Lake
Michigan waters and tributaries.
Lakes by Boating America - not complete by any means, but a place to start.
Sport Fish Identification (DNR)
Fish Identification (Purdue)
Record Fish Program
State Fish Hatcheries
State Parks and Reservoirs - by the Indiana DNR
Ohio Fishing Information
- Ohio Division of Wildlife
News - Indiana-based magazine
Whitewater Memorial State
south of Liberty, Indiana
Bulletin - a FREE e-newsletter that provides information
about Indiana's fish and wildlife resources and recreation
Fishing For Beginners
Identification - a Texas Parks & Wildlife page - but hey - most of the fish
are the same as ours!
GORP - Fishing Guide
to Clean a Fish - warning: not for the squeamish.
to Tie Fishing Knots
Fishing Elementary - Tips for fishing with kids.
National Fish and Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service