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.

4th annual First Day Trail Run and Walk

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

Pre-registration is $15 – Deadline is December 30 • Available ONLINE only at • Pre-registration includes the post-event hors d’oeuvres buffet at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn (located inside Fairfax SRA). • First 300 people to pre-register receive... Learn more