Lake Manitou (Indiana)

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Lake Manitou
Lake Manitou.jpg
Location Rochester, Indiana
Coordinates 41°3′35.78″N 86°11′31.94″W / 41.0599389°N 86.1922056°W / 41.0599389; -86.1922056Coordinates: 41°3′35.78″N 86°11′31.94″W / 41.0599389°N 86.1922056°W / 41.0599389; -86.1922056
Type artificial lake
Basin countries United States
Surface area 775 acres (314 ha)
Average depth 11 ft (3.4 m)
Max. depth 55 ft (17 m)
Shore length1 8 mi (13 km)
Surface elevation 781 ft (238 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Manitou is a man-made lake in Rochester, Indiana, created in 1827 by the Federal government of the United States for the Potowatomi Native American tribe. The lake was created as a part of the Treaty with the Potowatomi that required the U.S. Government to create a mill for Potowatomi use.[1] The Potowatomi originally called the lake Man-I-Toe which translated to the Devil's Lake due to the belief that a monster lived in the lake.[2] The lake contains about 775 acres (3.14 km2) of open water,[3] with a maximum depth of 65 feet (20 m).


  1. ^ Library, Oklahoma State University. "INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES. Vol. 2, Treaties". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  2. ^ Smalley, Donald (1946-09-01). "The Logansport Telegraph and the Monster of the Indiana Lakes". Indiana Magazine of History. ISSN 1942-9711. 
  3. ^ "Lake Manitou Association". Lake Manitou Association. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 

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