In 1827 on what now is the area south of the dam, the U.S. government constructed a grist mill to grind corn for the Potawatomi Indians under the terms of a 1826 treaty. To obtain water power, a dam was built near its present location. This flooded the area around five lakes and formed Lake Manitou of 775 acres. Near the mill were erected a blacksmith shop, trading post and house for miller and blacksmith. It was the first white settlement of the wilderness that became Fulton County in 1836. Samuel Milroy, builder, named the village Tiptonville in honor of General John Tipton, Indian agent for the region. The dam, mill, and village fell into disuse after the Potawatomi were removed to Kansas in 1838. Lake Manitou, also known as Manatau or Manitau, derives its name from the Potawatomi word used both for "good spirit" and "evil spirit". The Indians, who fished and hunted in this area for 150 years, believed the lake's waters held a monster fish or serpent of supernatural powers. Early settlers knew the lake as Devil's Lake.
During the early and mid 1900's the lake was home to many resorts and hotels. They attracted thousands of people each year to swim, fish or dance under the stars to some nationally known big bands.
News & Events 8.18.17
Channel Dredging to Begin
You may have noticed mobilization of a barge and giant excavator onto Ford's Court this past week. Dredging of the inlet to the 3rd channel is set to begin next week. The spoils and sediment material will be removed from the lake and put on the barge then transported to the empty lot owned by Ed Lanuti at 2101 Ford’s Court where a second excavator will offload the material from the barge into a sealed truck to be hauled offsite. This process will continue until 1889 cubic yards of material has been removed. This will leave the nearly impassable channel 3.5’ deep by 35’ wide and 300’ long! Please be patient and avoid this area while contractors are working, if possible. Thank you LMA for continuing to improve our wonderful lake.Read More Read ALL
Local News 8.21.17
Health Dept.: West Nile virus tests positive here
Three pools of mosquitoes tested by the Indiana State Department of Health came back positive for West Nile virus in Fulton County, according to a Fulton County Health Department press release. Local health officials are reminding residents to stay...Read More