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“A Drive By Visit of Monroe Lake”
Review of Monroe Lake

Monroe Lake
Ranked #5 of 60 things to do in Bloomington
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

A friend and I drove around Monroe Lake while I was on a visit to Bloomington. Due to my limited time in town we just took a drive around it but what a drive it was!

The Lake is beautiful. It seems like THE place to boat. It also has a few lovely looking beaches with people enjoying the nice weather. If you're into nature, boating, swimming, or hanging out outside then Monroe Lake is the place to be.

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

This a great place to boat but, as you would expect, it WILL BE extremely crowded. But those other days are paradise! And the Monroe Campground? Gorgeous! Level and spacious lots.

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Jill V, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Thanks for your review! (FYI for others: We have very light boat traffic on Monday-Thursday, so if you can come mid-week you'll avoid the crowds!)

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

We spent the afternoon at the Lake Monroe Paynetown Beach and found it to be quite lovely. The area is clean and great for a family outing. They have camping available and the beach area was extremely nice. It was a super hot day and the water was extremely refreshing. If you're looking for a place to kick back and relax, this is your ticket. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic lunch and you will be all set!

Thank Lisaloo616
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Jill V, Interpretive Naturalist at Monroe Lake, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Thanks for your review - hope you come back soon!

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

A day on Lake Monroe is sheer enjoyment. The lake is over 10,000 acres surrounded by hills, trees and a beautiful dam. There are wonderful coves, nooks and crannies to discover by boat or foot or car. A few beaches dot the shores at both ends of the lake. The water is clean and wonderful for swimming, skiiing and tubing. And believe it or not.... the water is a very comfortable temperature. Check out the parks and beach at Paynetown Marina and Fairfax Marina areas. State parks at both ends of the lake. ...and one that is central called Hardin Ridge. Don't miss this lake if you are a water lover or outdoor lover. Excellent areas for picnics with very nice facilities. Several great play areas for kid !!!

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

We went camping over 4th of July at Paynetown State Park. Was very, very busy. Our friends had a pontoon boat so we hit Monroe Lake everyday. The lake wasn't as crowded as we thought it would be. We anchored and swam for a couple hours. Water temps ranged from 79 to 83 degrees. Water wasn't too murky either. Would return to Monroe Lake for some fishing sometime. There were a few out there, but not too many. Mainly recreational boaters towing tubes, etc., behind them. Lots of fast boats, too, so be careful. Not sure many of them follow the rules. Can get crazy out there.

Thank Janice14
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