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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: 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

Harvest Moon Weekend & Cornhole Tournament

  • September 12, 2014 - September 13, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • www.tinyurl.com/monroelake

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT! Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, September 13 PRE-REGISTRATION: Sign up in advance by emailing jvance@dnr.IN.gov with the names of your two team members (and specify “Open... more

Hooked on Fishing

  • September 14, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • www.tinyurl.com/monroelake

Free, but pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Activity Center between 1p and 5p on Saturday, September 13 – or call 812-837-9967 before 5p on Sep. 13. Limited to 10 children, ages 6 to... more

Celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Day!

  • September 27, 2014
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • www.tinyurl.com/monroelake

Join us for a family-oriented event that offers fun, hands-on activities to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day! This is a great way to introduce children and newcomers to outdoor sports, find ... more

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

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