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.

Lunch with Nature: Weather Folklore

  • November 27, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnnov2017 • Register by November 24. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more

Ornament Workshop

  • December 10, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/ornament2017 • Register by December 7. • Workshop fee is $10 per person. • Limited to 12 people, recommended for ages 10 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us this afternoon to craft a set of unique ornaments for your tree – or... Learn more

Preschool Exploration Hour: Animals in Winter

  • December 13, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/preschooldec2017 • Register by December 10. • Free but limited to 12 children, recommended for ages 3 to 5. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. • Location: Paynetown SRA This is a hands-on and interactive learning session for... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Animal Tracking

  • December 18, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwndec2017 • Register by December 14. • Limited to 14 people, recommended for adults. • Location: Paynetown SRA Join us for our monthly Lunch with Nature Series! Bring a sack lunch to enjoy during the main presentation. Afterwards, there is a... Learn more

5th Annual First Day Trail Run and Walk

  • January 1, 2018
  • (812) 837-9967

Registration/Check-In at Bay View Shelter: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Run/Walk Start Time: 3:30 p.m. This is an untimed, non-competitive run/walk. Choose from a 3.7 mile or 1.3 mile course. Pre-registration is $15 – Deadline is December 30 • Pre-registration is... Learn more