Cataract Lake Cabins
About Cagles Mill Lake
Cagles Mill Lake—also known as Cagles Mill Reservoir and Cataract Lake—is located on two of central Indiana’s popular outdoor recreational sites: Lieber State Recreation Area and Cataract Falls State Recreation Area.
Cagles Mill Lake is located in Cataract, Indiana. It is a 1400-acre, man-made lake, and is also widely recognized for its natural beauty and waterfalls. The area surrounding Cagles Mill Lake is primarily forested land. Home to deer, wild turkeys, and much more native wildlife, this wooded area is perfect for properly permitted hunters and eager spectators.
The lake was created when Cagles Mill Dam was built across Mill Creek. In 1953, the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed and constructed the dam, and they operate it today to prevent flooding in the Eel and White River Watersheds. The dam can be found at the north end of Cagles Mill Lake. It measures 150 feet high and 900 feet long. In other words, it's quite a sight to see.
Things To Do
Rent a Cabin
Plan a peaceful getaway and select from one of our five rustic cabins near Cagles Mill Lake. Learn more about our cabins here.
Upper and Lower Cataract Falls
Cataract Falls are the headwaters of Cagles Mill Lake. The Upper and Lower Falls, located at the southern end of the lake, are great for day trips and sightseeing. Upper Cataract Falls drops 30 feet, while the Lower Falls drop an additional 18 feet about half of a mile downstream. With this in mind, make sure to bring your swimsuit.
These falls can be viewed from a hiking trail that winds between the Upper and Lower Falls. Those feeling extra adventurous can also reach the Lower Falls by boat. Along many portions of the shoreline, rock bluffs can be found, offering spectacular views along the way. For this reason, we recommend that you stay long enough to travel every way!
Cataract Falls Bridge
While exploring Cataract Falls, be sure to spot the historic Cataract Falls Bridge. This landmark is the only surviving covered bridge in Owens County, Indiana. In April 2005, the bridge was entered in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge and falls are perfect for pictures.
Cataract Lake offers a number of opportunities for anglers. It has a fishing pier and two public boat launch ramps.The lake is best known for its walleye, although crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish can also be found in its waters.
In 1986, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began stocking Cagles Mill Lake with walleye. Since 1994, the DNR has stocked the lake with 4.2 million walleye annually.
Boat rentals and organized fishing excursions are also available at the marina.
Cagles Mill’s pontoon boat rentals can make for the perfect getaway on the water. Choose to relax and enjoy the lake’s peaceful views, waterski, jet ski, or go on a water safari boat tour. Above all, make sure to enjoy yourself!
It is important to realize that Lieber State Recreation Area offers more than 200 campsites for visitors to enjoy hiking, horseshoe pits, hunting, playground equipment, and a swimming pool. There is ample space for picnicking as well. Also, the park’s activity center offers fun for the whole family.
There is 37 miles of shoreline along Cagles Mill Lake and plenty more to explore. By all means, pack up the car and for adventure!