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campers. Roll up car windows tightly.

Please let wild animals remain wild. Feeding of wild animals can result in harm to both animals and people. animals who depend on handouts become a nuisance to visitors and a danger to themselves. Please lock up all food and coolers inside cars or

the public’s use and enjoyment.

Visitors shall observe the following rules, which are designed to fulfill the purposes for which the state operates reservoir properties, namely, to manage these areas for the enhancement of wildlife and for


Whitetail Trail (1 mile) MODERaTE—access trail for walk-in visitors at Paynetown State Recreation area.

Turkey Trot Trail (1.75 miles) MODERaTE—Hike- In/Boat-In Camping area in allen’s Creek State Recreation area.

Tree Trek Trail (0.5 mile) EaSy—Forest Ecosystem interpretive trail in Paynetown State Recreation area.

BlueBird Trail (1.25 miles) MODERaTE—Forest and field trail in Paynetown State Recreation area.



BEACHSwimming is available during open hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the beaches in Paynetown and Fairfax recreation areas. Mod- ern bathhouses at both locations provide showers, dressing facilities, restrooms, and food concessions for visitors to the lake. Swimming during unguarded times from sunrise to sunset is at your own risk. No swimming from sunset to sunrise.

BOAT RAMPSavailable at nine locations. Boat launch ramps are not marked on the map but are listed under the facilities for the State Recreation areas on the map side.

CAMPINGa total of 312 campsites are available consisting of 222 electric sites with electricity, modern restrooms and showers, picnic table and grills; 90 non-electric sites. Occupancy limited to 14 consecu- tive nights. Reservations available through the Central Reservation System.

FISHINGBass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, walleye and hybrid stripers provide the most activity for fishermen. State license required and available at lake office.

HIKINGEasy to moderate marked trails are avail- able for hiking all year. Off-road uses of vehicles, bicycles and horses are not permitted.

HUNTINGall hunters are required to register at check-in stations daily. Hunting in Waterfowl Resting areas by special permit only. Deer, grouse, turkey, squirrels, doves and rabbits are the primary game species. Excellent waterfowl hunting is available during the season. Waterfowl hunting information available at Paynetown visitors center. Read and obey all signs.

INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST SERVICEExplore the world of natural resources while enjoying interpre- tive and recreational programs. Program schedules are available at InterpretiveServices.IN.gov or call (812) 837-9967. (Seasonal)

MARINASeasonal mooring on docks or buoys is available at Paynetown, Moore’s Creek, Cutright and Fairfax Recreation areas. Other services provided at Fairfax, Cutright and Paynetown marinas include fuel, food concessions and rental boats. Paynetown and Fairfax provide pump-out stations.

OTHER ACTIVITIESThe varied topography and heavily wooded areas of the property provide numer- ous opportunities for hiking, observing birds and ani- mals, and collecting berries, nuts and mushrooms.

For a complete list of rules and regulations, inquire at property office.

• Report lost or found articles to the property office. • Feeding of wildlife is prohibited. • SCUBa by permit only. • Use of metal detectors is by permit only.

• Drinking water should be taken only from pumps, hydrants or fountains provided for that purpose. This water is tested regularly for purity.

• No person shall possess or consume an alcoholic beverage at a swimming beach.

• Motorists shall observe posted speed limits and park only in designated areas (25 mph maximum).

• Comply with the Carry In/Carry Out trash policy in all day-use areas. Overnight guests must put waste in receptacles provided for that purpose.

• Fires shall be built only in designated places.

• Camping is permitted only in designated camping areas. youth groups must be under adult supervi- sion.

• Vending or advertising without permission of the DNR is prohibited.

• a person who possesses a pet must attend it at all times and keep the animal caged or on a leash no more than 6 feet long.

in the field for a specified date.

• any firearm, BB gun, air gun, CO gun, bow and arrow or paint gun must be unloaded or un-nocked and stored in a case or locked within a vehicle except in accordance with the terms of a one-day hunting permit and record card obtained from a hunter sign-in station and possessed by the person


unattended in a courtesy dock.

• No person shall launch, dock, or moor a watercraft or other floating device, except for approved peri- ods and at sites designated by the department for those purposes. No person shall leave watercraft

under a license.

• No person shall conduct or participate in a fishing tournament on a reservoir property administered by the Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, except


PICNIC AREASPicnicking is available in a number of areas, most containing tables, grills, toilet facilities, a playfield and shelter. Reservations for shelters are available through the Central Reservation System.


Reservations for all types of camping, family cabins, and shelters at state parks, reservoirs and forests can be made online or by calling toll-free.


camp.IN.gov 1-866-6campIN



Reservations for the Indiana State Park Inns and Inn-operated cabins can be made online or by call-

ing toll-free. IndianaInns.com

1-877-lodges1 (1-877-563-4371)

Please carry out all trash you produce in order to keep your property clean and beautiful for others to enjoy.



Call: Write: Monroe Lake Paynetown Visitors Center 4850 South State Road 446 Bloomington, IN 47401 (812) 837-9546


Receipts from admission and service charges are used to help defray the operation and maintenance costs of the lake. List of fees available in the lake office.

The programs, services, facilities, and activities of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are available to everyone. DNR prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to: Department of Natural Resources, Executive Office, 402 W. Washington Street, W256, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-4020.


Subscribe to Outdoor Indiana magazine, OutdoorIndiana.org or (317) 233-3046.

opened in 1966. Monroe Lake and environs comprise a total of 23,952 acres. Of this amount, 23,508 acres are leased to the State of Indiana for management with the re- maining 444 acres owned by the state. at the summer pool level of 538 feet above sea level, 10,750 acres of water form the lake. The land areas, consisting of 13,202 acres in Monroe, Brown and Jackson counties, are managed for wildlife and recreational uses. More than 1.5 million visitors come to Monroe Lake annually.

project’s cost. The project was dedicated in October 1964, and

activities associated with large bodies of water. Monroe Lake was selected for construction under the general authorization for flood control in an act of Congress approved July 3, 1958. The lake was constructed by the U.S. army Corps of Engineers. The State of Indiana contributed 54.1 percent of the

flood waters are stored for flood control. The main functions of the property include re- source management, recreation and water supply to surrounding communities. The lake area was devel- oped in accordance with a long-range program and provides for a beneficial use of reservoir lands, fish- and-wildlife resources, and an opportunity for outdoor

Monroe Lake is operated primarily for flood control and low-flow augmentation in the Salt Creek and White River watersheds. The project also forms an integral unit of the comprehensive flood-control plan for the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The lake is main- tained at or near permanent pool level except when


University campus. Limestone quarries, abundant in the area south of Monroe, provide building stone worldwide and offer a different type of tourist attraction. The entire area, with its rolling topography, bluffs, scenic streams, and heavily wooded sections offer outstanding scenic vistas as well as numerous recreational opportunities.

Take a step back in time and visit the unique town of Nashville, known for its fine artists and craftsmen, or drive into Bloomington and experience the Indiana

Indiana Department of Natural Resources




The largest body of water in Indiana, Monroe Lake offers a wide range of multiple-use recreational and seasonal opportunities.

The lake is nestled in the rolling hills and woodlands of south central Indiana, about 10 miles southeast of Bloomington. The dam is on Salt Creek, a tributary of the East Fork of White River. Most of the lake area lies in Monroe County, with a smaller area in Brown and Jackson counties.

The lake is accessible from state roads 37, 46, 446 and 50 by way of many local roads.

a number of other state and federal recreational areas surround the property, including Morgan-Monroe, yellowwood and Jackson-Washington state forests.

Hoosier National Forest, including Deam Wilderness area, surrounds a large part of the area. Minutes away lie Brown County, Spring Mill and McCormick’s Creek state parks, which attract thou- sands of visitors each year during the fall foliage season.

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