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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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High Water in April

Visited April 30th; water level 11 feet above summer pool; the beach was completely covered... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2018
Michael D
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Bloomington
Amazing Place

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

Reviewed August 5, 2017
JStepien50
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Syracuse, New York
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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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“clean beach” (3 reviews)
“picnic area” (3 reviews)
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9301 S Fairfax Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401-8962
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Visited April 30th; water level 11 feet above summer pool; the beach was completely covered; Fairfax boat ramp still open; Fourwinds Hotel and Marina open for business; gate fee being collected $7 in-state

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Reviewed 5 August 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

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

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

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Reviewed 18 July 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

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Reviewed 18 July 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!

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Reviewed 27 June 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
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Reviewed 17 June 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
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Reviewed 15 June 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

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Reviewed 22 May 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
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Reviewed 7 May 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

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Reviewed 12 April 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
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Kristina L
22 March 2018|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
There is a charcoal grill located next to most of the shelters. Shelters may be reserved; otherwise, they are available first-come first-served.
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Ukno L
2 May 2017|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Not really. Our largest shelters can accommodate about 40 people.
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Kristopher C
19 April 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
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