IDNR Division of Forestry

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Deam Lake is forest property designed for recreational activities. Under the multiple use concept, a variety of compatible activities are available. These include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting in designated areas. The 194-acre lake was constructed in 1965 and was named in honor of Charles Deam, Indiana's first state forester. Deam is best known for his book, Trees of Indiana, a comprehensive study of trees throughout the state. He was also instrumental in getting land set aside for what is now the Department of Natural Resources. Deam's books Trees of Indiana and Shrubs of Indiana are available from the Historic Hoosier Hills RC & D. Books are $16 plus $3 shipping. To order, contact: Historic Hoosier Hills Woodland Committee P.O. Box 407 Versailles, IN 47042 SPECIAL NOTICE--Several volunteers are needed for a variety of events at Deam Lake SRA. For details or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact the Deam Lake office at (812) 246-5421 or email Deam Lake Naturalist Rocky Brown at

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