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Lakes & Wildlife

Three distinct lakes provide a wide variety of ways to explore the waters and shorelines of the area. Calm canoe rides, water skiing, fishing, swimming beaches and hiking trails are all part of the lake experience. There are also several options available for boat rentals and private boat launching at area lakes. Local wildlife is plentiful at the area's lakes, wildlife preserves and nature preserves. Kayaks and canoes provide the best opportunity to see wildlife from the water, and there are several locations listed below that provide excellent birding watching opportunities. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles near Monroe Lake! 

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Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve

  • Just off Ketcham Road.
  • Owned by The Nature Conservancy
  • Bloomington, IN 47403
  • Phone: 317-951-8818
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Charles C. Deam Wilderness

  • Blackwell Horse Camp
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-275-5987
    Phone: 866-302-4173
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Eagle Watch Weekend


 

Fairfax State Recreation Area

  • On Fairfax Road, accessible from Hwy 37
  • or South Walnut Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9546
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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
  • 3500 N. Hinkle Rd.
  • Suite 250
  • Bloomington, IN 47402
  • Phone: 812-349-3700
  • Fax: 812-349-3705
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Hardin Ridge Recreation Area

  • 6464 Hardin Ridge Rd.
  • Heltonville, IN 47436
  • Phone: 812-837-9453
    Phone: 866-302-4173
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Hoosier National Forest

  • Just off Highway 446 on east side of road.
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-275-5987
    Phone: 866-302-4173
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IndiGo Birding Nature Tours

  • 2432 E. Rock Creek Dr.
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-676-8978
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Lake Lemon Conservancy District

  • 7599 N. Tunnel Road
  • Riddle Point Park
  • 7599 Tunnel Rd
  • Unionville, IN 47468
  • Phone: 812-334-0233
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Little Africa Wildlife Viewing Area

  • East South Shore Drive
  • About 10 miles east of Bloomington.
  • Unionville, IN 47468
  • Phone: 812-334-0233
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Lake Monroe Boat Rental

  • Inside Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • 6 miles south of East 3rd Street
  • Just off Highway 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9909
  • Fax: 812-837-9534
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Leonard Springs Nature Park

  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
  • 4685 S. Leonard Springs Road
  • Suite 250
  • Bloomington, IN 47402
  • Phone: 812-349-3705
  • Fax: 812-349-3705
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Mascatatuck Restle Unit


 

Monroe Lake

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9546
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Stillwater North Fork Waterfowl Resting Area

  • Approx. 10 minutes east of Bloomington on Highway 46.
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9546
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Morgan-Monroe State Forest

  • Between Bloomington and Martinsville
  • on Highway 37
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • Phone: 765-342-4026
  • Fax: 765-342-4505
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Paradise Boat Rental

  • Fourwinds Resort & Marina
  • 9301 S. Fairfax Road
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-824-2628
    Phone: 800-824-2628
  • Fax: 812-824-9911
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Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • Monroe Lake
  • Off Highway 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • Phone: 812-837-9546
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Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve


 

Yellowwood State Forest


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