J. Edward Roush Lake

Chicago District
Published Jan. 8, 2024
Upper Wabash

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J. Edward Roush Lake

735 N Warren Road
Huntington, IN  46750
(260) 356-8648
Office hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (may vary, call ahead)

J. Edward Roush Lake provides flood protection to the Wabash River valley, improves the Wabash River’s water flow conditions, and offers a habitat for various species of fish and wildlife.

The Corps manages the dam and some recreational facilities in the vicinity of the dam. The Corps also monitors and controls lake water levels.

Additionally, the 900-acre lake is used for recreation including fishing, boating, and swimming.

Current Status

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: Concrete rolled earth-fill
Maximum Height: 91 Feet
Length: 6,500 Feet
Drainage area above dam: 707 square miles


Operating Levels:

  Elevation (feet mean sea level) Area (Acres) Length (Miles)
Winter Pool 737 500 5
Summer Pool 749 900 7
Flood Pool 798 7,900 29


Roush 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.