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Monroe Lake

4850 S State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401-9165
+1 812-837-9546
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Some of the most beautiful scenery in Indiana

On the drive from Bloomington I was in awe of some of the scenery. Curving Hwy 446 surrounded by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sellersburg, Indiana
Getting the feel of southern Indiana.

While visiting our grandson at IU we had some free time and drove south to Lake Monroe to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
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Monroe Lake is part of the Indiana State Parks system. It covers 23,952-acres, including a 10,750-acre lake (the largest in Indiana and known for bass fishing) with both open and no-wake areas. The property includes 9 State Recreation Areas (Paynetown, Fairfax, Cutright, Moore's Creek, Salt Creek, Pinegrove, Allen's Creek, Crooked Creek, and Cartop) and 3 Wildlife Resting Areas (Stillwater-Northfork, Middlefork, and Southfork). Facilities vary at each location. The two most-developed sites are Paynetown SRA (campground, swimming beach, marina, general store, activity center, and other amenities) and Fairfax SRA (hotel resort, restaurants, marina, swimming beach, and other amenities). There is a seasonal entrance fee to enter Paynetown and Fairfax ($5/vehicle for Indiana residents, $7/vehicle for out-of-state residents). Refer to our website or call the Property Office for specifics about amenities available at each of the 9 SRAs. Hunting is allowed in all non-developed areas of the property, with special restrictions in the Wildlife Resting Areas. Call the Property Office for information about hunter access.
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4850 S State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401-9165
+1 812-837-9546
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the drive from Bloomington I was in awe of some of the scenery. Curving Hwy 446 surrounded by trees with beautiful forests seen in the distance. I prefer this scenic route than using Hwy 37. And the lake itself is beautiful. Always wonder if...More

Thank ManningAvenger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting our grandson at IU we had some free time and drove south to Lake Monroe to experience the hills of southern Indiana. It was a crisp, fall day and we thoroughly enjoyed the one hour trip. The surrounding forests were colorful and Lake...More

Thank KathieColumbus_Ohio
Reviewed November 9, 2017

If you are looking to get back to nature Monroe Lake offers multiple trails at multiple lengths. Usually once a semester while visiting IU I will find a trail and run. Always enjoyable with well marked trails and nice views.

Thank Robin V
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Don't call is Monroe Lake though. It is LAKE MONROE, for Monroe County, Indiana. It is a large, beautiful Lake especially in the Spring and again in the Fall. It is also the water supply for most of Southern Indiana. The night sky is particularly...More

Thank Marc W
Reviewed September 27, 2017

amazing place about 20 minutes away from the campus. We walked around for about an hour or so. You can rent a boat while you visit.

Thank Misonix
Reviewed September 25, 2017

My daughter and I came here to catch the sunset on the Friday evening of parents weekend at IU. This is beautiful area and we had the whole shoreline to ourselves. The sunsets over the lake are really beautiful.

Thank KenL60089
Reviewed September 25, 2017

It's a nice lake where you can walk, doing a picnic or just resting. There are boat rentals but during weekends you need to do reservations.

Thank ANDRETS1966
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Beautiful lake with tons of things to do. Hiking,camping and boating to name a few. The lake can get pretty busy during summer months but still a good time.

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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

This lake offers several boat ramps at locations where groups can camp or stay at the hotel. The pointe offers great golf and a place for dinner and drinks along with special outdoor concert series in the summer months. Tax problems have forced closure twice...More

Thank Coz C
Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

Biggest lake in Indiana, swimming beach, lots of pontoon, canoe and kayak rentals. Full service camp ground and lots of no electricity sites if that's what you want. Super close to Bloomington and all the restaurants you could want. Buy your boat gas before you...More

Thank Tutoman64
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Sean C
July 25, 2017|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Drones are not allowed at Monroe Lake. The Indiana DNR operates the lake as a long-term lease from the Army Corps of Engineers, so federal Corps rules for Drone use supersede state rules. Permission to fly a drone at Monroe... More
Ann A
June 3, 2017|
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Response from Bloomington | Reviewed this property |
You will need to google this and contact hotels.
Salliann P
April 24, 2017|
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Response from Paul K | Reviewed this property |
The closest Mississippi River location is going to be St. Louis, but that is almost 4 hours away. There are a lot of better options much closer. It really depends on what your interests are. Within 3 hours you have big... More