Monroe Lake


4.50 out of 5
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Campground Description

Indianas largest lake, near the Indiana University campus, features a scenic stone-bluffed shoreline and wooded hills. Monroe Lake is located in south central Indiana. The lake was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1965.While this area of southern Indiana is known as the ""The Limestone Capital of the World,"" at one time it also had several salt deposits, creating a lucrative trade by rafting the mined salt down the creek that would one day become Monroe Lake. Hence the name, Salt Creek.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on January 8, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Boating / 9 Launch Ramps
    Fishing / Ice Fishing
    Fishing Piers
    Fourwinds Resort & Marina
    Gas Dock
    Hunting (Waterfowl Hunts)
    Interpretive Naturalist Services
    Nature Center
    Picnicking / Shelterhouse
    Rental - Fishing Boats, Pontoons
    Lake Monroe Boat Rental
    Pleasure Craft Marina
    Fourwinds Boat Rental
    Swimming / 2 Beaches

    Campground Amenities

    Electric and non-electric sites; dump station, seasonal camp store

    Reservation info

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    Camping Fees

    Electric campsites: $19-29 per night
    Non-electric campsites: $12-18 per night

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    Reviews of Monroe Lake

    Reviewed by camper45 on February 7, 2012

    (3 out of 4 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Love this place, we camp a lot most every weekend during the summer so we see a lot of campgrounds this is one of our Favorites. We haul the camper and the boat, nice clean facility, The prize is getting a cite that you can moor the boat. Love pulling right up to the site that means dropping the boat in once. There are 6 of us and any friends my kids tag along so we bring two bass boats it is sooo nice to drop in once! Would suggest you do a drive thru like Nale said, some of the sights are not so flat and you want to check out which ones have the water access. I use google earth and the park map at the same time to pick em. A lot of the sights are group which is nice if you get a couple of people going then you essential can rent your own little corner. Bathrooms were clean and fairly modern. Fishing was good but its big so stop at a local place and get the scoop. Make sure you have your permits and fishing Lisc. We both (both boats) got checked. One of our favorites about a 2 hr drive for us but well work pulling the camper and both bass boats.
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    Reviewed by Nale2008 on May 27, 2009

    (18 out of 18 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    We love the Paynetown campground. It is right on the lake and there are plenty of sites that offer boat mooring, which is hard to come by with most big lakes. Plenty of sites that are woodsy and private. One of the CONS would be that the sites aren't that level, so be prepared. Shower houses are usually clean (except on holiday weekends when the staff just can't seem to keep up). The fishing is great, the boating is great and we just love it.

    I would suggest doing a drive through during the off season to pick sites that you like and BOOK EARLY, the great sites go super fast!
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