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.

Ghostly Gathering

  • October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

Complete details on our October Program Schedule at Campers AND day visitors welcome at all programs! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Trick-or-Treat Bags from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Jack-o-Lantern Lore at 5:30 p.m. A Natural History of ZOMBIES at... Learn more

Lunch with Nature Series: Canada Geese

  • October 31, 2016
  • (812) 837-9967

• Sign up at • Register by October 28. • Limited to 12 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