Something that should make our whole Lake Freeman Family happy.

It’s official, we are down ONLY two feet! I say only because Lake Freeman was down almost twelve feet the beginning of December. The recent snow and rain has really helped. Now let’s hope the Federal Appellate Court hands down an opinion is our favor to ensure this never happens again. The picture below illustrates how bad we were.

Lake Freeman Feet
Tell the kiddos, Lake Freeman is down only two feet, coming back fast.
Sand Tooning
The US Fish and Wildlife Service mandated a minimum 500cfs release from the Oakdale Dam during low flow to hydrate endangered mussels down river.

Still waiting for the Federal Court of Appeals opinion. Could be any time now. Please contact our state representatives and ask them to help. We need a scientific, mutually beneficial program. Draining and killing one ecosystem to attempt to help another is NOT prudent.

Just click on their name and send them a message — 

Senator Todd Young

Senator Mike Braun

U.S. Congressman, 4th district Jim Baird

In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a mandate to maintain a minimum 500 CFS discharge from the Oakdale Dam. This is an attempt (Not based on science) to hydrate endangered mussels down river from the Oakdale on the lower Tippecanoe River. To be clear, we are all in favor of conservation and protecting our lakes. The mandate was issued to keep a subjective minimum flow of water to the lower Tippy. A legal fight has been underway ever since. These mussels have thrived for millions of years, it is testimony to the incredible water conditions of the Twin Lakes and Tippycanoe River. Lake Freeman should not be the watering can for the lower Tippy. Low lake levels on Lake Freeman present dangerous safety hazards. So please keep to the main channel, be extra careful when enjoying watersports and watch out for submerged objects. Let’s pray for more rain.

In the mean time, here’s a link to the Indiana USFWS overview.

Sheepnose-Mussel
"Endangered" Sheepnose Mussels are found in Lake Freeman and the Tippecanoe River

What is your biggest concern about Lake Freeman being drained?

Poll Results

What is your biggest concern about Lake Freeman being drained?

  • The Lake wildlife dying: Freeman mussels, fish, birds etc. ( 16%)

  • Someone getting seriously injured or killed ( 2%)

  • My seawall collapsing ( 6%)

  • My dock collapsing ( 0.29%)

  • My home value collapsing ( 27.71%)

  • Unbridled Government power ( 10.86%)

  • The paralyzed Lake economy, our cherished businesses ( 18%)

  • The water draw down won’t accomplish a dang thing ( 6.86%)

  • Can't get my boat out ( 10.57%)

  • Can't find the wrench I dropped in 2015 ( 1.71%)

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Congressman Baird vows to help Lake Freeman

Congressman Jim Baird (4th District Indiana) was re-elected to a second term. All of us on Lake Freeman could not be happier. He has been a stout advocate for the Lake. In his promise to constituents, he called the Lake Freeman situation a “Catastrophe”. He also vowed to make sure the lowering and its’ affects never happens again. A big thank you to Congressman Baird!

Jim Baird Lake Freeman
Thank you Congressman Baird. You know how important Lake Freeman is to businesses, residents, fish and yes, even mussels!
Lake Freeman Facts

Did you know?

Over 221,000 mussels have died on Lake Freeman since August of 2020 due to the USFWS water release mandate.