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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.

Hiking Stick Workshop

Cost is $10 per person; limited to 10 participants. Registration required by July 29 to the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967; payment required at registration. Make your own hiking stick! We&... more

S'mores Celebration!

As part of our S’mores Celebration today, we’ll be making a mini marshmallow roaster play set! You’ll make a little campfire and two tiny marshmallow roasters. “Chubby Bunny&rd... more

Lunch with Nature Series: Sunflowers & Goldenrods

FREE but registration is REQUIRED by August 22; limited to 12 people. Sign up by emailing jvance@dnr.IN.gov with your name, phone number, and number of people in your group. Program Location: Activit... more

Flora Field Day

Want to work on your field identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! The naturalist staff at Monroe Lake invites you to join them for a 2-hour Flora Field Day on Sunday, August 31 at 9:30 a.m... more

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