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Fairfax State Recreation Area (Monroe Lake)

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9301 S Fairfax Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401-8962
+1 812-837-9546
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Amazing Place

Traveled for an Archery Tournament. I just have to say that every Indiana State Recreation... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2017
Syracuse, New York
Lake Monroe... A Bloomington Highlight

This lake and the state recreation area is all that you could ask for. It has a wonderful beach... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2017
Bloomington, United States
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Fairfax State Recreation Area is one of 9 state recreation areas located on Monroe Lake (Bloomington, IN) and managed by Indiana State Parks. Fairfax features a large swimming beach (open seasonally), a hiking trail, 3 picnic shelters, 2 boat ramps, and plenty of opportunities for hunting and fishing. It's also home to the Fourwinds Resort and Marina, which is a privately owned and operated business that leases space at Fairfax SRA. Fourwinds has a hotel, 2 restaurants, marina, boat rental, swimming pool, private beach, and other activities/amenities for resort guests. The restaurants and boat rental are available to the general public. As they are a private business, reviews and comments specific to the Fourwinds Resort and Marina should be posted on their separate TripAdvisor page.
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9301 S Fairfax Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401-8962
+1 812-837-9546
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

Traveled for an Archery Tournament. I just have to say that every Indiana State Recreation Department employee that we encountered were some of the NICEST and accommodating people ever. They wanted to hear our feedback regarding the course and overall it was the best tournament...More

Thank JStepien50
Jill V, Interpretive Naturalist at Fairfax State Recreation Area (Monroe Lake), responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2017

Thanks for coming! We're so glad you had a great experience!

Reviewed July 18, 2017

This lake and the state recreation area is all that you could ask for. It has a wonderful beach area that is both great for kids and adults. Playgrounds, picniking, water sports, boating are just a part of this. The surrounding area has hills and...More

Thank joyandstevg
Reviewed July 18, 2017

On a very hot day this was the place to take my 3 daughters! We took a picnic lunch and a cooler, played in the water and had a great day! We had fun and made lots of memories!

Thank B B
Reviewed June 27, 2017

The beach needs a lot of work. Most of the sand has been washed away. It was a clean beach and worth the trip if you have a state park pass.

Thank scottamylilly
Reviewed June 17, 2017

Love the park, it has great senic views! The park had some activities going on this week with archery!!! Fourwinds hosted some groups at it Inn. It was a very busy and hoping park. Love it there!!

Thank Lorna F
Reviewed June 15, 2017

We had a great time as a family. The water was great and the beach area was nice. There is also a small play area and picnic area. The only downfall was the restrooms were not opened until 1130am (we got there around 10am), so...More

Thank mollymop12
Reviewed May 22, 2017

This is a great place to take the kids to make sandcastles and swim in the water. There are public bathrooms and a picnic area. If you follow the paved path around the water you'll find a walking trail through the old marina. There is...More

Thank SportsMoose
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Have to get a lake pass but nice lake . Lots of small fish when fishing but fun. Check out the party in Allen creek if you like to watch lewd partners. Go by dam if you have children

Thank Beaver2000
Reviewed April 12, 2017

Part of it was fatigue, but I felt a little underwhelmed by it. Much of the water is protected for boats, and it feels a little isolated from everything if someone were to get in trouble. Didn't see a lot of amenities like concessions -...More

Thank ericvangucht
Reviewed April 8, 2017

I live about 10 minutes away and visit the area quite often throughout the year. It's a good place for shore fishing, kayak paddling, beach activities & boating. The entry fee is kinda high: $7 for residents & $9 for out of state. I guess...More

Thank Michael D
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Ukno L
May 2, 2017|
Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Not really. Our largest shelters can accommodate about 40 people.
Kristopher C
April 19, 2017|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
No, fishing is not allowed on the designated beaches (or on the boat docks during the recreation season). You can fish anywhere else along the shoreline, however, and there is also a designated fishing dock located inside... More
donny p
July 23, 2016|
Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Beach access is included with property admission. Property admission is $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plate ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plate). We have a beach at both Fairfax SRA and Paynetown SRA. They are open... More