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.

Youth Fishing Derby

Location at Paynetown SRA: Fishing Pier, located across the road from the Swimming Beach Cast a line and catch a fish! Kids, ages 16 and under, are invited to participate in this free fishing derby. Borrow our equipment or bring your own; bait will be provided. A prize drawing will be held... Learn more

Nature Play Day: Play Passport Challenge

Bring your willingness to play – and a digital camera! Pick up your Play Passport at the Activity Center beginning at 10 a.m., complete as many activities as you can before 4 p.m. (documenting each one with a photo), and then return to the Activity Center by 5 p.m. to claim a certificate... Learn more

Kayak Fishing Workshop

• Sign up at • Limited to 15 people; registration required by June 11. • Participants must be at least 18 years of age. • Participants can bring their own kayak, or rent one for $10. • All participants must have at least 2 hours of prior... Learn more