Monroe Lake

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

Monroe Lake is the state's largest inland lake. Built in 1965, there are 10,750 acres of water surface surrounded by several thousand acres of state and federally owned forest lands. Boating, fishing, water-skiing, and swimming are available in numerous locations.

Camping is available at private, state and federal campsites or at nearby private campgrounds. Boat rental companies, bait shops and two resorts are located on the lake's shores.  Several state recreation areas provide visitor information, nature centers and picnicking options.

Interpretive Nature Center is located at Paynetown State Recreation Area. 

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Campfire Cooking Workshop

  • September 24, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/campfirecookingsep2017 • Register by September 18. • Cost is $20 per person. • Limited to 8 people. • Recommended for ages 10 and up; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Whether you want to add variety to your next camping... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Inside a Fish

  • September 25, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnsep2017 • Register by September 22. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a short hike/activity that... Learn more

Stillwater Marsh Hike

  • September 30, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/stillwatersep2017 • Register by September 28. • Limited to 30 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Meet at Waterfowl Check Station on Kent Road In celebration of National Public Lands Day, join us for a hike through our Stillwater Marsh... Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • October 3, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldoct2017 • Registration required by October 1. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Combs Road Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Field day emphasis is... Learn more

Campfire Cooking Workshop

  • October 15, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/campfirecookingoct2017 • Register by October 6. • Cost is $20 per person. • Limited to 8 people. • Recommended for ages 10 and up; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Whether you want to add variety to your next camping... Learn more

Ghostly Gathering

  • October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Programming begins on Friday, Oct. 26 with “acorn skulls” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., you can make a scarecrow trick-or-treat bag. Ghoulish ghost stories take place around the fire at 8 p.m. Saturday activities get started with creepy, crawly crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. The... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: The Tree Squirrels

  • October 30, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnoct2017 • Register by October 26. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a short hike/activity that... Learn more

Allens Creek Fossil Beds Hike

  • November 1, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/allenscreekfossil2017-1 • Preregistration required by October 29. • Free, but limited to 20 people. • Recommended for ages 16 and up. • Location: Allens Creek SRA The limestone shoreline around the point at Allen’s Creek is so dense with... Learn more

Allens Creek Fossil Beds Hike

  • November 5, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/allenscreekfossil2017-2 • Preregistration required by October 31. • Free, but limited to 20 people. • Recommended for ages 16 and up. • Location: Allens Creek SRA The limestone shoreline around the point at Allen’s Creek is so dense with... Learn more

Cemetery History Series: Friendship

  • November 8, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/cemeteryfriendship2017 • Preregistration required by November 5. • Free, but limited to 20 people. • Recommended for ages 16 and up. • Location: Meet at Hunter Check Station on Kent Road Residents of the Salt Creek valley shaped the... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Weather Folklore

  • November 27, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnnov2017 • Register by November 24. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more

Citizen Scientist Training Session: Winter Eagle Watch

  • November 28, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/citizeneagle2017 • Register by November 26. • Limited to 30 people, recommended for ages 12+. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you are a RETURNING volunteer (who participated in this Citizen Scientist program last winter), you do NOT need to... Learn more

Ornament Workshop

  • December 10, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/ornament2017 • Register by December 7. • Workshop fee is $10 per person. • Limited to 12 people, recommended for ages 10 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us this afternoon to craft a set of unique ornaments for your tree – or... Learn more

Preschool Exploration Hour: Animals in Winter

  • December 13, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/preschooldec2017 • Register by December 10. • Free but limited to 12 children, recommended for ages 3 to 5. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. • Location: Paynetown SRA This is a hands-on and interactive learning session for... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Animal Tracking

  • December 18, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwndec2017 • Register by December 14. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more