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Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • Monroe Lake
    Off Highway 446
    Bloomington IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9546
    Alt Phone: 812-837-9967
  • Category: Great Outdoors
  • Sub-Category: Camping
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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.

Hairy Woodpecker Nesting Box Workshop


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Lunch with Nature Series: Owls in Love

  • February 23, 2015
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
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Monroe Lake’s popular Lunch with Nature series will continue in 2015. Registration is now open for the first four programs of the year. This series meets at Paynetown State Recreation Area. Part... more

Lunch with Nature Series: Spring Migration

  • March 30, 2015
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnmar2015

Monroe Lake’s popular Lunch with Nature series will continue in 2015. Registration is now open for the first four programs of the year. This series meets at Paynetown State Recreation Area. Part... more

Lunch with Nature Series: Nature's Architects

  • April 27, 2015
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnapr2015

Monroe Lake’s popular Lunch with Nature series will continue in 2015. Registration is now open for the first four programs of the year. This series meets at Paynetown State Recreation Area. Part... more

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