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Pleasant outdoor space

There are two main parts, Paynetown and Fairfax. Both are very similar with a beach and boat... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Bloomington, Indiana
Beautiful lake

This lake has it all. One side is for speed boats, tubing, skiing other side is for fishing... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Oolitic, Indiana
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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...more
4850 S State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401-9165
+1 812-837-9546
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

There are two main parts, Paynetown and Fairfax. Both are very similar with a beach and boat rental. Fairfax has the hotel and restaurant, Paynetown has the campground. Both have walking trails and open areas to sit and watch the water

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

This lake has it all. One side is for speed boats, tubing, skiing other side is for fishing, canoeing. There's a couple of places to rent boats and gear, food camping supplies. Restaurant at four winds and a hotel for those that don't like camping

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 19colleenh
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Fishing is great. We also have a boat and we take the grandkids tubing and skiing. The view is picturesque and there are many birds and animals to see in their natural habitat.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Charles W
Reviewed 3 October 2018

took a nice walk on the hiking trail. The trails are short but very pretty and well marked. The lake itself is a pretty spot to relax

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vacation720239
Reviewed 2 October 2018

On our recent parents' weekend at IU, we decided that it would be nice to get our daughter away from campus for the afternoon. So, we set out for a little bit of hiking at the Paynetown State Recreation Area on Monroe Lake. The trails...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank luv4phood
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Spent the better part of an afternoon on a pontoon boat seeing all parts of this small lake.Very clean and not busy on a September Friday.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Saminlove45202
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is an amazing lake to come down and visit. Would suggest coming down with a group renting a pontoon boat and going out on the lake.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ralanger31
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Our family rented a boat and had a really nice time. This is a great place to bring the family or friends?

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tom E
Reviewed 28 August 2018

What a beautiful afternoon on Monroe Lake. As it is late August Saturday there were not a lot of boats or people on the lake and since the morning weather was unsuitable for lake enjoyment that may have contributed to having the vast expanse of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank AquaBarb
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We loved Paynetown campground but beware when booking your site. We have a 24ft camper and had to switch sites due to the fact the site we booked was to small and steep incline. Staff was very accommodating but it was a Sunday and not...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank julie6114
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Bonita W
10 August 2018|
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Response from Vacationingcouple20 | Reviewed this property |
Lake Monroe Boat Rentals,4855 South State Road 446 Bloomington In.47401 (812-837-9909)
Andrea A
3 July 2018|
Response from Jill V | Property representative |
Hi Andrea! If you're looking for additional facilities (beach, picnic areas, etc), then you'll want to go to either Fairfax or Paynetown State Recreation Areas (property admission is $7 per vehicle with Indiana license... More
18 June 2018|
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Response from Jill V | Property representative |
The vast majority of the lake shore consists of undeveloped natural areas. There are no modern bathrooms located at any of the ramp sites, just pit toilets. Paynetown and Fairfax SRAs do have modern restrooms, just not... More