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.

Flora Field Day

  • August 1, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at • Registration required by July 29. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Stillwater-Northfork Wildlife Area Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist!... Learn more

Plein Air Painting Demo

  • August 5, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Plein Air Painting Demo from 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Swimming Beach Oil painter, Charlene Marsh, will demonstrate her plein air painting techniques on the beach capturing the movement and energy of the swimmers in the natural environment. Learn more

Explore Monroe Paddling Trip

  • August 8, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at • Registration is required by August 4. • Program fee is $10 per person. • Limited to 10 people. Restricted to ages 16 and up. • All participants must have at least 2 hours of prior paddling experience OR have completed... Learn more

S'mores Celebration

  • August 12, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Location: Activity Center Amphitheater at Paynetown SRA Celebrate National S’mores Day with our s’mores buffet! We’ll have a wide array of ingredients to let you experiment with unusual and unique combinations. DROP BY after dinner – we’ve got your dessert covered. Donations... Learn more