Monroe Lake

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

Monroe Lake is the state's largest inland lake. Built in 1965, there are 10,750 acres of water surface surrounded by several thousand acres of state and federally owned forest lands. Boating, fishing, water-skiing, and swimming are available in numerous locations.

Camping is available at private, state and federal campsites or at nearby private campgrounds. Boat rental companies, bait shops and two resorts are located on the lake's shores.  Several state recreation areas provide visitor information, nature centers and picnicking options.

Interpretive Nature Center is located at Paynetown State Recreation Area. 

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Furs, Fins & Feathers

  • September 24, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

Monroe Lake is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day with a special event at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Saturday, September 24, “Furs, Fins, and Feathers.” The event is completely free, and, even better, admission to Paynetown SRA is also free on September 24. Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • September 6, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldsep2016 • Registration required by September 3. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Salt Creek SRA Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Field day... Learn more

Monroe Lake Shoreline Cleanup

  • September 11, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

A summer full of fun and recreation at Monroe Lake creates more than memories… it also results in a lot of trash! We need your help to clean up the mess and restore our lakeshore to an inviting habitat for both people and wildlife. We will be transporting people by boat to areas of the shoreline... Learn more

Campfire Cooking Workshop

  • September 18, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/campfirecook18sep2016 • Register by September 12. • Cost is $20 per person. • Limited to 10 people. • Recommended for ages 10 and up; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. • Location: Paynetown SRA Whether you want to... Learn more

Camouflage the Duck Blinds

  • October 1, 2016
  • (812) 837-9546

Program Location: Meet at the Northfork Check Station located east of Bloomington (off of State Road 46) by the intersection of Kent Road and McGowan Road. For directions, call 812-837-9546. Youth and adults interested in waterfowl hunting and waterfowl observation are invited to help... Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • October 4, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldoct2016 • Registration required by October 1. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Fairfax SRA Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Field day emphasis... Learn more

Ghostly Gathering

  • October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

Complete details on our October Program Schedule at http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2954.htm Campers AND day visitors welcome at all programs! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Trick-or-Treat Bags from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Jack-o-Lantern Lore at 5:30 p.m. A Natural History of ZOMBIES at... Learn more

Buried History: Monroe Lake Cemeteries Driving Tour

  • October 11, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/buriedhistoryoct2016 • Program fee is $5 per person; limited to 20 people. • Registration required by October 8. • Tour meets at Paynetown SRA. Before the reservoir was built, small communities and family farms were spread... Learn more

Nature on the Water Paddling Trip: Fall Colors Paddle

  • October 12, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/naturewateroct2016 • Preregistration is required by October 8. • Program fee is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people. Restricted to ages 16 and up. • All participants must have at least 2 hours of prior paddling experience OR have completed one of... Learn more

Lunch with Nature Series: Canada Geese

  • October 31, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnoct2016 • Register by October 28. • Limited to 12 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more