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Lake Monroe Information

About Lake Monroe

The lake is the largest lake entirely situated in the state of Indiana with 10,750 acres of water surface area. It is also home to Indiana's only federally protected U.S. Wilderness Area, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, located on the south shore. Construction on the lake began in 1960 when Salt Creek was dammed south of Bloomington, Indiana. It was finished only five years later in 1965, at a cost of $16.5 million.

Monroe Lake, Indiana, is full of rolling hills, beautiful thick forests and babbling streams, an excellent choice for a relaxing vacation. Only 50 miles south of Indianapolis, the Lake is located near Brown County State Park. It is close enough to be convenient to get to, but far enough away to feel like a true getaway.

Things to do in Lake Monroe

As the largest lake in Indiana, Monroe Lake has plenty of room for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. There are three inviting beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and they are all equipped with bathhouses. Get on the water with a boat rental available at the Fourwinds Marina. Marinas in Paynetown and Cutright also have boat rentals. If you want to stay on dry land, check out the miles of trails for horseback riding, biking, and hiking. Don't forget to pack a picnic! Or you can try one of the wonderful restaurants nearby.

Day trips from Lake Monroe

Nashville, Tennessee, is about four hours away to the south, but head only 30 minutes northeast, and you'll find historic Nashville, Indiana, known for its artists and craftsmen. The quaint village of Nashville is a great place for a romantic getaway, with hundreds of unique craft, specialty & antique shops, and great music and theatre venues. Bloomington is home of Indiana University and offers a wide assortment of cultural experiences. It’s a place that nurtures artists and scientists, farmers and philosophers, athletes and musicians. It's a small town with a bold history of openness and acceptance." Head east and find Brown County State Park which offers horseback riding, hiking and more. No wonder it's Indiana's favorite playground!

Lake Monroe accommodations

Fourwinds Resort is located on the southwest side of the lake and offers a marina, hotel, restaurant, and bar. As far as amenities, they've got you covered with an indoor/outdoor heated salt water pool, boat and wave runner rentals, a private beach, fitness center, tennis courts, basketball, and mini-golf. It's the perfect location for your family vacation! For more family fun, stay at Lake Monroe Village Recreational Resort. They offer exceptional RV sites, unique cabins and rental homes, and the most beautiful primitive campsites in the state. Lake Monroe Village also offers amenities you can't find anywhere else, including playground and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor party and event areas, a fully stocked store and more.

Transportation in Lake Monroe

Monroe Lake is straddled by two main roads, State Rd 37 on the west and State Rd. 446 on the east. To get to Fourwinds Lakeside Resort and Marina, take S Fairfax Rd. until you reach the water.

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Monroe

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Lake Monroe offers 130 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Lake Monroe start at an average price of $211 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 93 of Lake Monroe’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 28 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 96 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 26 pet-friendly rentals in Lake Monroe that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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