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

  • June 3, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Youth Fishing Derby from 8 to 10 a.m. (Please check in no later than 9:15a!) Program Location: 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... Learn more

Intro to Kayaking Workshop

  • June 4, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/introkayakjun2017-1 • Registration required by May 30. • Cost is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people; ages 8 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking is for you! Kayaks let you... Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • June 6, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldjun2017 • Registration required by June 4. • Free; recommended for ages 12 and up. • Session location: Salt Creek SRA Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Field day emphasis... Learn more

Nature Play Day: Play Passport Challenge!

  • June 11, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Nature Play Day: Play Passport Challenge! from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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... Learn more

Explore Monroe Paddling Trip

  • June 13, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/exploremonroejun2017 • Registration is required by June 9. • 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 one... Learn more

The Faerie Gathering

  • June 24, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Our annual faerie-themed event! Featuring lots of craft/art activities (all ages) and outside play. Event details and times at http://bit.ly/faeriegathering2017 Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • July 4, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldjul2017 • Registration required by July 1. • 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 emphasis... Learn more

Heritage Days

  • Dates vary between July 7, 2017 - July 9, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Featuring the Heritage Village, with time period portrayals and historic activities, as well as heritage programs and craft activities. Event details and times at http://bit.ly/heritagedays2017 Learn more

Intro to Kayaking Workshop

  • July 9, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/introkayakjul2017-1 • Registration required by July 3. • Cost is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people; ages 8 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking is for you! Kayaks let you... Learn more

Explore Monroe Paddling Trip

  • July 11, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/exploremonroejul2017 • Registration is required by July 7. • 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 one... Learn more

Craig Brenner presents Music in Indiana State Parks

  • July 15, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

Concert Location: Activity Center Amphitheater (next to the beach) Some bench seating is available; you may want to bring your own chairs. Craig Brenner will perform music and invite the young - and young at heart - to join him in exploring the jazzy side of blues, boogie... Learn more

Intro to Kayaking Workshop

  • July 23, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/introkayakjul2017-2 • Registration required by July 17. • Cost is $10 per person. • Limited to 8 people; ages 8 and up. • Location: Paynetown SRA If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking is for you! Kayaks let you... Learn more

Flora Field Day

  • August 1, 2017
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up for this session at http://bit.ly/florafieldaug2017 • 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 http://bit.ly/exploremonroeaug2017 • 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

Featuring the S'mores Sampling Buffet in the evening, where you can assemble creative and unique s'mores combinations, as well as marshmallow and chocolate-themed activities during the afternoon. Event details and times at http://bit.ly/smores2017 Learn more