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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.

Eye on the Sky Astronomy Night

  • May 23, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • stateparks.in.gov/2954

*Weather Notice* This program requires clear or mostly clear skies. It will be cancelled if there is too much cloud cover. If sky conditions look iffy, call the Activity Center at 812-837-9967 to chec... more

Family Learn to Fish Workshop

  • May 31, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: Monroe Lake, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/familyfishmay2015

Limited to 12 people. No experience needed. All equipment will be provided. This workshop is designed for families with children to attend together. Children must be at least 6 years old. •Free,... more

Youth Fishing Derby

  • June 06, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Please check in no later than 9:15 a.m. at the Fishing Pier, located across the road from the Swimming Beach. Cast a line and catch a fish! Kids, ages 16 and under, are invited to participate in this ... more

Growing Up WILD Training Workshop

  • June 07, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/guwjun2015

•The cost of this Growing Up WILD Training Workshop is $20 per person. The fee will be collected when you arrive at the workshop - cash or check only. •The workshop is limited to 14 people. ... more

The Faerie Gathering

  • June 20, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Monroe Lake invites you to bring your inner child – and your real children too! – over to Paynetown State Recreation Area on Saturday, June 20 for their 2nd annual Faerie Gathering special... more

Campfire Cooking Series: Breakfast

  • June 21, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/campcookjun2015

Preregistration is required by June 15. Limited to 10 people. Restricted to ages 10 and up; children under age 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. This workshop will expand your camping sk... more

Salamander Workshop

  • June 25, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • bit.ly/salamander2015

Preregistration is required by June 23. Limited to 10 people. Recommended for ages 12 and up; children under age 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Indiana is home to 22 salamander specie... more

Flora Field Day

  • June 28, 2015
  • Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • Address: 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401
  • stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Want to work on your field identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! The naturalist at Monroe Lake, Jill Vance, invites you to join her for 2-hour Flora Field Days at 9:30 a.m. on June 28, Ju... more

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