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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.

Lunch with Nature Series: Fall Fungi

  • September 29, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnsep14

FREE but registration is REQUIRED by September 26; limited to 12 people. Register online at http://bit.ly/lwnsep14 Program Location: Activity Center Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! ... more

Bike Back in Time: A Guided Cycling Tour of Monroe Lake’s Cultural History

  • October 05, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/bikebackoct5

Pre-register by October 1; limited to 15 people (ages 15+). Sign up online at http://bit.ly/bikebackoct5 Program fee is $20 per person. Make sure you include a phone number when you register, so that ... more

Campfire Cooking Workshop


Pre-registration required by October 9 at http://bit.ly/campfirecookingoct2014 (Please make sure to include a phone number so we can contact you for a credit card number to finalize your reservation!)... more

Bike Back in Time: A Guided Cycling Tour of Monroe Lake’s Cultural History

  • October 18, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/bikebackoct18

Sunday, October 5 at 10:00a. Pre-register by October 15; limited to 15 people (ages 15+). Sign up online at http://bit.ly/bikebackoct18 Program fee is $20 per person. Make sure you include a phone num... more

GHOSTLY GATHERING: Monroe Lake's Halloween Weekend!

  • October 24, 2014 - October 25, 2014
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • www.tinyurl.com/monroelake

FRIDAY thru SUNDAY The Game of CLUE: Life-size and with a twist! Time Frame: The game will be set up from 12p on Friday, Oct. 24 until 12p on Sunday, Oct. 26. All “guess envelopes” must be... more

Citizen Scientist Training Session: Winter Eagle Watch

  • November 12, 2014
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/eagletraining2014

Registration REQUIRED by November 9 at http://bit.ly/eagletraining2014 Citizen Scientist volunteers will soon begin their third season of observing Bald and Golden Eagles at Monroe Lake. A multi-year ... more

Lunch with Nature Series: White-tailed Deer

  • November 24, 2014
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/lwnnov14

FREE but registration is REQUIRED by November 21; limited to 12 people. Register online at http://bit.ly/lwnnov14 Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during t... more

Geology Driving Tour

  • December 04, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/geologytourdec2014

FREE, but limited to 15 people. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Registration is REQUIRED by December 1 at http://bit.ly/geologytourdec2014 Anticlines, fault lines, geodes, basins, formations, and more... more

Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing


Program Location: Paynetown SRA, meet at Deer Run Shelter Usually one of the strongest showers each year, the Geminids often produce bright and intensely colored meteors. Join us as we watch for these... more

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

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