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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.

Yule Log Hike & Bonfire

  • December 21, 2014
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/yulelog2014

Free, but limited to 15 people. Registration REQUIRED by December 16 at http://bit.ly/yulelog2014 On the Winter Solstice, join us to celebrate one of the oldest traditions of the holiday season &ndash... more

Lunch with Nature Series: Carrion Eaters

  • December 29, 2014
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwndec14

FREE but registration is REQUIRED by December 26; limited to 12 people. Register online at http://bit.ly/lwndec14 Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during t... more

Winter Exploration Hike Series: Pate Hollow Hills


Our Winter Exploration Hike Series features off-trail hiking through lesser-known areas of Monroe Lake. These are exploratory in nature so there is no “set” path; we’ll have a genera... more

Lunch with Nature Series: The Science of Snow

  • January 26, 2015
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnjan2015

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

Hairy Woodpecker Nesting Box Workshop


Songbirds aren’t the only birds that will use a nesting box! Hairy woodpeckers also make use of artificial nesting structures, as natural tree cavities are often in short supply. Participants wi... more

Lunch with Nature Series: Owls in Love

  • February 23, 2015
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnfeb2015

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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