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Mini Vacation

We loved Paynetown campground but beware when booking your site. We have a 24ft camper and had to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Valparaiso, Indiana
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Hidden Indiana Gem

Beautiful Lake, FourWinds resort fantastic place to stay and close enough to get to IU events, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Warsaw, Indiana
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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...more
4850 S State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401-9165
+1 812-837-9546
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved Paynetown campground but beware when booking your site. We have a 24ft camper and had to switch sites due to the fact the site we booked was to small and steep incline. Staff was very accommodating but it was a Sunday and not...More

Thank julie6114
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Lake, FourWinds resort fantastic place to stay and close enough to get to IU events, and prices very reasonable. Hope to rent Jet Skis next time before summer is over

Thank HoosierPat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a last hurrah trip before school opens with the family and grandchildren 2 and 6. We had a lot of cool cloudy weather for late July early August. So we had to keep the young children busy. You can drive to Bloomington to...More

Thank Arborridgegranny
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The locals will bully you threaten you when the see you catching fish. They will go to any extreme they can to make you leave,even threaten you to force you to leave. We were there 7/28/18 and and had two full grown men bully my...More

3  Thank Scotty B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Indiana's largest reservoir, is surrounded by several state recreational areas (SRA) with access for boating, camping, picnicking and more.

Thank geo-travel-rocks
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Monroe lake is awesome because most of the shoreline about the lake is unable to be developed. So when you go boating or sailing on the lake it is like you have a cabin in the Hoosier National Forest. It is a great sailing lake...More

3  Thank P3902RQwilliamp
Reviewed 1 July 2018

This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Midwest. It is large, most shoreline is undeveloped (Hoosier National Forest), and Hardin Ridge is one of the prettiest camp grounds in the country. The fishing is great, and there is a lot to do...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Spent the day fishing different places on the lake. Had a good time caught plenty of fish.Go to the beach with the Grandchildren , place was clean the kids and I had a good time.

Thank Vacationingcouple20
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

I go out to the cosway on 446 all the time; the sunset/sunrise from here is absolutely outstanding. Not to mention that it’s quiet and very private.

Thank raeofsun2018
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Lake Monroe is a beautiful lake that borders part of Hoosier National Forest. Payne town Campgrounds are close together which would be fine but the rules are not enforced. Quiet time was a joke and 2 car and 2 tents per site was not regulated...More

1  Thank Joan v
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Bonita W
10 August 2018|
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Response from Vacationingcouple20 | Reviewed this property |
Lake Monroe Boat Rentals,4855 South State Road 446 Bloomington In.47401 (812-837-9909)
Andrea A
3 July 2018|
Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Hi Andrea! If you're looking for additional facilities (beach, picnic areas, etc), then you'll want to go to either Fairfax or Paynetown State Recreation Areas (property admission is $7 per vehicle with Indiana license... More
18 June 2018|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
The vast majority of the lake shore consists of undeveloped natural areas. There are no modern bathrooms located at any of the ramp sites, just pit toilets. Paynetown and Fairfax SRAs do have modern restrooms, just not... More