BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As the new year begins, Monroe Lake is gearing up for an eventful start with a variety of activities and significant upgrades at the Paynetown State Recreation Area (SRA).
The much-anticipated upgrades at the Paynetown SRA are well underway and slated for completion by the end of January. While these enhancements promise long-term benefits for the property, visitors should anticipate possible traffic delays on the SRA entrance road and temporary closures of certain facilities. Notably, the completed replacement of Comfort Station #1 in the campground marks a successful milestone. Ongoing projects include the installation of two additional pump-outs at the campground dump station, rehabilitation of sewer systems across the campground, beach house/Activity Center, and marina, as well as the replacement of a large culvert underneath the entrance road.
Kicking off the new year’s festivities is the 11th Annual First Day Trail Run and Walk on January 1 at Fairfax SRA. This untimed, non-competitive event offers multiple course options of 3.7 miles, 2.9 miles, or 1.3 miles. Participants will cross the finish line amidst celebratory bell-tapping as they welcome the new year. Registration is open until December 30, offering early birds a chance to snag a collectible event patch among other perks.
The Winter Exploration Hike Series beckons adventurers to traverse lesser-known areas of Monroe Lake throughout January and February. These exploratory hikes, lasting about two hours each, promise rugged terrain, off-trail routes, and a chance to discover nature’s hidden gems. Limited to 20 participants per hike, those aged 12 and above can sign up for these free excursions.
January 21st will witness the WINGS Mini-Expo at The Commons Building in Karst Farm Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As a part of the Women in Nature Gaining Skills initiative, the event aims to empower women aged 16 and above in outdoor recreation through hands-on training sessions.
February heralds the eagerly awaited Eagles over Monroe event from the 1st to the 4th. The celebration showcases the majestic bald eagles, flourishing in the area since their reintroduction in the early 1990s. A diverse range of programs spread across four days will spotlight these iconic birds and other avian species dwelling around the lake.
Moreover, Monroe Lake is also offering enriching virtual programs via Facebook Live, delving into topics like Cloudy Skies and Elkinsville, the “Town that Was.”