Lake Paradise was formed by building this dam on the Little Wabash River. It is south west of Mattoon and was built in the early 1900s to be a water supply for Mattoon. When I was a boy. Dad, Philip and I used to go fishing here. In the 1940s. this lake no longer served as a dependable water supply so a bigger lake (Lake Mattoon) was built by building anothe dam on the Little Wabash River west of Neoga. This lake also gave Neoga a dependable water supply.

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