Visit the largest man-made reservoir in the state of Indiana.
Lake Monroe is located about 10 miles southeast of Bloomington, Indiana. Also known as Monroe Reservoir, Lake Monore is the largest man-made reservoir in the state. It measures about 10,750-acres with depths of 30-40 feet. This lake is so large that it touches five different counties. The Watershed drains area is about 441 miles and drains into Salt Creek. Lake Monroe is now managed by the Indiana State of Natural Resources but is owed by the US Army Corps of Engineering. It was built in 1964 and began operation in 1965. Originally built as flood control, it is also used as a usable, drinkable water source. It pumps around 15 million gallons of water a day. Today the lake is used by many visitors throughout the state.
It is a popular area for fishing, ice fishing, paddleboarding, motorboats, water skiing, swimming, and other water recreational activities. The lake host events throughout the year that attract additional visitors. Nine boat ramps are located around Lake Monroe. Motorboat, fishing pontoons, paddleboats, and other water gear are available for rentals. Two beaches provide perfect locations for swimming. Picnic tables are conveniently located around the lake.
Lake Monroe is a popular destination for campers too. The surrounding campground has 226 campsites with electric hookups and about 94 campsites with no hookups. A seasonal camp store is open for camping needs during peak seasons. There is a dump station located on-site as well. Other recreational activities include natural sightseeing, hiking, nature center, interpretive nature trails, hunting, and more.