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.

Watercolor Journaling Workshop Series

Watercolor journaling series offered at Paynetown SRA, Sundays beg. July 12 Bloomington, IN: Destiny West will offer a series of free watercolor journaling workshops at Paynetown State Recreation Area, beginning Sunday, July 12. Sessions are at 7 p.m. on five consecutive... Learn more