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.

Pine Grove Paddle

  • Dates vary between September 2, 2019 - October 30, 2019
  • Monroe Lake
  • (812) 679-8978

The north fork of Lake Monroe offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the area. On this easy paddle, we will visit the area where bald eagles were reintroduced into Indiana in the late 1980's... a place where they now nest and can often be seen! Waterfowl, shorebirds, and a variety of other... Learn more

Sunset Kayak Tour

  • Dates vary between September 1, 2019 - October 6, 2019
  • Monroe Lake
  • (812) 679-8978

Join naturalist David Rupp for a guided tour on Lake Monroe southeast of Bloomington. We will explore the lake by kayak, looking for beavers, eagles, herons, and other wildlife in this remote and peaceful part of Indiana. We will paddle west back to the boat ramp as the sun sets. These trips... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Life in the Soil

• Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnsep2019 • Register by September 27. • 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

Monroe Lake Earthcache Challenge

  • Dates vary between October 13, 2019 - October 19, 2019
  • Monroe Lake
  • (812) 837-9967

As part of its celebration of Earth Science Week, Monroe Lake is hosting an Earthcache Challenge. It kicks off on Sunday, October 13, which is International Earthcache Day, and runs thru Saturday, October 19. Earthcaching is basically a virtual “treasure hunt,” where the “treasures” to... Learn more

Ghostly Gathering

Monroe Lake’s most popular special event, Ghostly Gathering, returns to Paynetown SRA this year on October 25-26. On Friday, you can drop by to craft your own “pet ghost” from 4 to 6 p.m. ($2 craft fee), while supplies last. At 7:45 p.m., the naturalist invites you to gather around the... Learn more

Lunch with Nature: Going Nutty

Lunch with Nature Series at 11:00 a.m. • Sign up at http://bit.ly/lwnoct2019 • Register by October 25. • 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... Learn more