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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.

58/100 Birthday Beach Bash

Join us for a party as we celebrate 100 years of Indiana State Parks (and 58 years of Monroe Lake)! Games, activities, and ice cream(!)… bring your family and friends and help us kick off the n... more

Craig Brenner presents: Music in Indiana State Parks

Concert Location: Activity Center Amphitheater (next to the beach); Some bench seating is available; you may want to bring your own chairs. The concert is the result of an Arts in the Parks grant... more

Campfire Cooking Workshop

Campfire Cooking Workshop at 10:00 a.m. • Sign up at • Register by July 17. • Cost is $20 per person. • Limited to 10 people. • Recommen... more

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