The 5,260-acre Brookville Lake lies in the heart of the historic and picturesque Whitewater River Valley in Franklin and Union Counties of southeastern Indiana and is situated on the East Fork of the Whitewater River. The lake was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1974 and currently exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a flood control lake. The Brookville Region offers many opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate in the great outdoors.
There are 4 marinas on the lake. Kent's Harbor and Quakertown are privately run. Fairfield Marina is operated by the DNR. Hanna Creek, also operated by the DNR, is the lake's key sailing facility. It is the venue for most of the BLSA's social events.
Area History and Features:
Brookville Lake lies in the heart of the Whitewater River Valley. This area has long been acknowledged as one of the most picturesque and historically significant in the state of Indiana.
The earliest settlers of the region encountered several Native American tribes, notable the Miami's, the Delaware's, and the Illinois. The hills and valleys along the Whitewater River were favorite resorts for hunting and warring, and numerous relics are still found. However, the Native Americans abandoned their claims on much of the region as early as 1795, following the signing of the Treaty of Greenville.
During the next decade, the Whitewater Valley was settled in the earnest. Attracted by the pure abundant water and the rich, level, river bottoms, ideally suited for farming, a constant stream of settlers found their way up the Whitewater Valley from Kentucky and Ohio. Many of the family names of the early pioneers have been permanently fixed to the landmarks and cities of the area, including the towns of Connersville and Dunlapsville, as well as Templeton and Hanna Creeks.
The town of Brookville was officially born in 1808. During the early expansion days, Brookville became the cultural and political center of Indiana. During the period of 1825 through 1840, every governor of Indiana called Brookville his home. However, following the transfer of the State Land Office from Brookville to Indianapolis in the 1820s, the growth and development of the Whitewater Valley stagnated.
Prosperity arrived again in 1834, when the construction of the Whitewater Canal was initiated. Running from the Cambridge City to Lawrenceburg, Ind., the Canal was the most important means of transportation of the period. Because of the Canal, the towns of Laurel, Cedar Grove, and Metamora were founded in the Whitewater Valley.