Aerial Photographs of Mississinewa Lake Park Areas

Scot H. Dahms


ES 555, Small Format Aerial Photography, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

The Platform

The dam at Mississinewa Lake (see aerial photo of dam with this link) was used as a platform to capture the following images. This image is of the control tower for the dam. Although this structure is taller than the dam, it was not used for the platform because it is on the upstream side of the dam and the park areas cannot be seen from the tower. All images were taken by the author using a Sony Digital Mavica Camera, MVC FD83 with interpolated mega pixel images, 1216 x 912 image size, and 6x zoom lens.

The dam is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and became operational in 1967. The earthen dam is 140 feet tall and 8,100 feet long (USACE 1990). The main purpose for the dam is flood control on the Mississinewa and Wabash Rivers. The Mississinewa River flows into the Wabash River seven miles downstream from the dam site. The dam and lake also have many other benefits including natural resource management, recreation, and low flow augmentation. The yellow tents and equipment on the dam are for the ongoing Dam Foundation Remediation Project. The above three images were taken from the same place in the parking lot of the Peoria Fishing Site to show the platform.

The Outlet Structure

There are two main park areas downstream or north of the dam. The Outlet Fishing Site is on the west side of the river and the Peoria Fishing Site is on the east side of the river. The Outlet Structure, where the river flows out of the dam, is a major attraction for fishing.

The Outlet Fishing Site

The Outlet Fishing Site is a developed recreation area with a shelter, playground, parking lot, restroom and picnic sites. As is evident in the above photo, the majority of this area has been developed and no further improvements are planned except for general maintenance of the existing structures.

The Peoria Fishing Site

The Peoria Fishing Site is marginally developed with only a parking lot and a large grassy area. There are future plans to build a shelter, playground, and bathroom in the grassy area. Photographs, such as the ones above, are beneficial for future management decisions concerning the areas.

All images were enhanced using Microsoft PictureIt! software. Options such as rotate, crop, brightness, sharpness, contrast, and others were utilized to enhance the images. All images were taken at approximately 5 pm CST on 6/27/03 which is evident by the long shadows cast on the east side of objects.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. 1990. Mississinewa Lake Brochure. Louisville, Kentucky.