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.

Plein Air Painting with Charlene Marsh

Plein Air Oil Painting Demo from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Next to the Swimming Beach at Paynetown SRA DROP BY to watch local artist Charlene Marsh create an oil painting of the lake from start to finish. Charlene practices “plein air” painting, which means that she paints outside – right... Learn more

Flora Field Day

• Sign up for this session at • Registration required by August 5. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Allens Creek SRA Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Field day... Learn more

S'mores Celebration

Location: Activity Center Amphitheater, 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. ... Learn more