Mississinewa Lake

Chicago District
Published Jan. 8, 2024
Upper Wabash

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Mississinewa Lake

5613 E. Mississinewa Dam Road
Peru, IN 46970-9745
(765) 473 - 5946
Office hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

Mississinewa Lake Dam is an earthen embankment dam built to impound the Mississinewa River for flood risk reduction. It provides flood protection to the Wabash River valley, supplies water to the area’s communities, improves the Wabash River’s water flow conditions, and offers a habitat for various species of fish and wildlife.

The 3,180-acre lake is used for recreation including fishing, boating, and swimming.

Current Status

Planned activities include operation of facility and maintenance of dam and lake infrastructure.

There is a contract underway to complete repairs to the dam’s cathodic protection system.

Dam Information

Type: Earth Fill
Maximum Height: 140 Feet
Length: 8,000 Feet
Drainage area above dam: 809 square miles


Operating Levels:

  Elevation (feet mean sea level) Area (Acres) Length (Miles)
Winter Pool 712 1,280 11
Summer Pool 737 3,180 20
Flood Pool 779 12,830 31


Mississinewa Lake

Current Lake Elevation Tailwater Elevation

Rules & Regulations

General Policies
A full list of Federal regulations that apply to all US Army Corps of Engineers properties can be found in Title 36 of the United States Code (USC). Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects.

Possession of firearms in a federal facility, including locks, dams, power plants, ranger stations, buildings, switchyards, recreation facilities, warehouses, and offices is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes the storage or transporting of a personally owned firearm in controlled access parking areas or Government vehicles, heavy equipment, boats and vessels under the operational control of the District regardless of its location. Exceptions for Federal employees are only allowed for Federal law enforcement officers or where possession of a firearm is specifically authorized by law.

Fireworks, along with explosives, firearms and other weapons are prohibited on Government Property. Detailed information can be found in Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects, Section 327.13.