Monroe Lake Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Summer Festivities

Written from DNR newsletter

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — June 18, 2024

Monroe Lake is marking its 60th anniversary with a series of events and programs throughout the summer and into the fall, culminating on the anniversary of its dedication on Oct. 24.

The celebrations kick off with a Beach Bash on Saturday, July 13, at Fairfax State Recreation Area (SRA). Attendees can enjoy the private beach of the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake Monroe Waterfund, supporting efforts to preserve the lake’s water quality. Tickets can be purchased at

On Thursday, July 25, volunteers can participate in an Adopt-a-Shoreline cleanup organized by the Friends of Lake Monroe. The cleanup will take place at Paynetown SRA at 6 p.m. More information and registration details are available at

July is also Lakes Appreciation Month, emphasizing the importance of lakes in daily life. The Bloomington City Hall will feature a special display by the Lake Monroe Waterfund throughout the month to raise awareness about the challenges lakes face from population growth, development, and invasive species. Additional information is available at

For those looking to explore the quieter side of Monroe Lake, guided paddling trips offer a chance to navigate the lake’s backwaters, wetlands, bays, and slow-moving streams. Participants can expect to see beautiful views, hidden wildlife, and unique land features. Each trip costs $10 per person, with an option to rent a kayak for an additional $20. The next paddling trip is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at Cartop SRA. Interested individuals must have at least two hours of prior paddling experience or have completed a Beginner Kayaking workshop. Registration is required by July 14 at

Monroe Lake is also hosting virtual programs on Facebook Live. On Thursday, June 27, at 11 a.m., interpretive naturalist Jill Vance will present “Folklore of Trees,” exploring the myths, traditions, and superstitions surrounding trees. The session can be streamed live at On Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m., Vance will lead a session on “Bird Tracks and Signs,” teaching participants how to identify birds by the tracks and signs they leave behind. This program can be accessed at

For a full schedule of events and programs, visit the Monroe Lake website at or check the online event calendar at Monroe Lake also provides updates on its Facebook page at

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