Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • Monroe Lake
  • Off Highway 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

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

Limestone Carving Demonstration

  • Sep 3, Sep 10, Sep 17, Sep 24 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

Demonstration Location: Activity Center Shelter Local limestone artist Amy Brier and an assistant will carve a limestone roliquery over a series of four Saturdays in September. A roliquery is a limestone ball that leaves a seamless impression when rolled in sand. The artists... Learn more

Ghostly Gathering

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

Complete details on our October Program Schedule at 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 • 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

Lunch with Nature Series: Canada Geese

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

• Sign up at • 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