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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.

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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