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Monroe Lake

Monroe County - Indiana
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Monroe Lake is a large reservoir located in south-central Indiana, United States. It is the largest lake in Indiana by surface area, with a surface area of over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) and over 13,000 acres (5,300 hectares) of surrounding land owned by the state. The lake was created by the construction of the Monroe Dam on the Salt Creek in the 1960s, and it serves as a water supply, flood control, and recreational resource for the surrounding communities.

Monroe Lake is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking. The lake is home to a diverse range of fish species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. The lake is also a popular spot for water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

The surrounding land is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and there are numerous recreational areas, trails, and campsites available for visitors. The lake is also a popular spot for birdwatching, with over 200 species of birds found in the area.

In addition to its recreational uses, Monroe Lake plays an important role in providing water and power to the surrounding communities. The lake serves as a source of drinking water for the city of Bloomington and also provides hydroelectric power to the region.

Overall, Monroe Lake is an important resource for the state of Indiana, providing both recreational opportunities and essential services such as water supply and power generation.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Monroe Lake, IN


How big is Monroe Lake?
Monroe Lake is approximately 10,750 sq acres (43.5 sq km) in size.

What kind of fish can you catch in Monroe Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and White Crappie in Monroe Lake.


What are the closest cities to Monroe Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Smithville-Sanders, IN, Harrodsburg, IN and Bloomington, IN.

Are there places to stay in the Monroe Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Monroe Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there places to eat and drink near Monroe Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Monroe Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What is the average air temp for Monroe Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Monroe Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 52°F (11°C) to a low around 33°F (1°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Monroe Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Monroe Lake.

For more Indiana State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Monroe Lake Reviews
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james m.
4 star rating
Good Bass, Wiper and cat fish lake. Blue gill and crappie tend to run small but are plentiful. Water depth can run from a couple of feet on the north east to 50 feet +/- at the dam.
Reviewed Oct 27, 2003

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