Indiana Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Indiana? View Indiana parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Brookville Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 1-1/2 miles northeast of Brookville, on IN 101. Approximately 30 miles northwest of Cincinnati, OH. Phone (765) 647-6701 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds TAILWATER SHELTER 2 (BROOKVILLE LAKE) OVERLOOK SHELTER (BROOKVILLE LAKE) TAILWATER SHELTER 1 (BROOKVILLE LAKE) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Facebook Brookville Lake Photo Album Brookville Lake Website Brookville Lake, IN lies in the heart of the Whitewater River Valley. This area has long been acknowledged as one of the most picturesque and historically significant in the State of Indiana. Whitewater Memorial State Park sits in the northeast corner of Brookville Lake. This

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Cagles Mill Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions From Terre Haute, 30 miles east on I-70, 5 miles south on IN 243. Phone (765) 795-4439 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Cagles Mill Lake Website Cagles Mill Lake Photo Album Cagles Mill Lake: The control tower is round and the outlet works conduit was mined through solid rock. Cataract Falls, with upper and lower falls, is the largest waterfall (by volume) in Indiana. The lower falls ends at the headwater of the lake and is accessible by boat. The Corps’ Tailwater Areas and much of the operational area around the dam have been designated by the Indiana Department of Natural

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Cecil M. Harden Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions From Terre Haute, 25 miles northeast via US 40, east to northbound IN 49. Phone (765) 344-1570 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Cecil M. Harden Lake Website Cecil M. Harden Lake Photo Album The fall forest colors are vivid in October when Parke County holds its nine-day Covered Bridge Festival. Cecil M. Harden Lake, formerly known as Mansfield Lake, is located in west central Indiana and is situated on Big Racoon Creek, just 33 miles upstream of the confluence with the Wabash River. The lake was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1960.

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George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is located within the city of Vincennes, Indiana. Evansville is approximately 50 miles to the south and Terre Haute is approximately 50 miles to the north. Highway 41 provides good roads from the north or south. Highway 50 provides access from the east and west. From Hwy 50 east and west or from Hwy 41 from the north use the 6th Street exit. On Hwy 41 from the South use the Willow Street exit. From there follow the blue directional signs for the park. Phone (812) 882-1776 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, PICNICKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Official Website George Rogers Clark National

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Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Hoosier National Forest, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds INDIAN CELINA LAKE HARDIN RIDGE TIPSAW LAKE Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Blackwell Horsecamp German Ridge Recreation Area Charles C. Deam Wilderness Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Hoosier National Forest The Hoosier National Forest is within a 2-hour drive of Cincinnati, Evansville, Indianapolis, and Louisville. The Forest offers people a tranquil setting to explore, fish, hike, hunt and reconnect with nature. There are over 260 miles of trails on the forest for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Trail systems may be open to more than one type of use, so please be courteous to other users. Get Outside  

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Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Visitors can access the national park via Interstate 94, the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90), U.S. Highway 12, U.S. Highway 20, Indiana State Road 49, and various other local roads. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located on Indiana State Road 49, between U.S. Highway 20 and Interstate 94 (1215 North State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304). For a driving map to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center or other locations, check out our maps page. Phone (219) 395-1882 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Dunewood Campground Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Indiana Dunes National Park Official Website Indiana Dunes National Park Map Indiana Dunes National Park

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J. Edward Roush Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 1/2 mile south of Huntington, IN on IND 5; and 35 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, IN via I-69. Phone (260) 356-8648 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas J. Edward Roush Lake Photo Album J. Edward Roush Lake Website J. Edward Roush Lake (formerly Huntington): of the 20 lakes in the Louisville District, J. Edward Roush Lake has the second-smallest recreational pool, the fourth-largest drainage area, and ranks fourth in average annual flood control benefits.

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions From the east or west – From Interstate 64, exit onto US 231, (exit 57A). Travel south on US 231 to Indiana Highway 162. Take the Santa Claus/Gentryville exit. Turn west (right) on Indiana Highway 162; go 1-1/2 miles to the park entrance on the right. From the north or south – From US 231 take the Santa Claus/Gentryville exit. Turn west on Indiana Highway 162; go 1-1/2 miles to the park entrance on the right. Phone (812) 937-4541 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Official Website Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Map Abraham Lincoln grew from youth to manhood on this southern Indiana soil. Many character and moral

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Mississinewa Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Approximately 65 miles northeast of Indianapolis. From Peru, south on IN 21, east on IN 400, north on Rt. 550. Phone (765) 473-5946 Activities BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Mississinewa Lake Photo Album Mississinewa Lake Website Mississinewa Lake: the name Mississinewa was derived from the Miami Indian word “Mis-chis-in-wah,” which means water on a slope. The area is rich in Indian history. Chief Francis Godfroy established the Miami Trading Post near the mouth of the Mississinewa in 1817. Frances Slocum was abducted as a child and raised by Miami

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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge is located in south-central Indiana on U.S. Highway 50, just three miles east of the I-65/U.S. 50 interchange at Seymour, IN. Muscatatuck is approximately an hour’s drive from Louisville, Kentucky, and Indianapolis, Indiana, and is approximately 86 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio. The main entrance on U.S. Highway 50 is marked with large brown signs. Phone 812-522-4352 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is located in south central Indiana. It includes 7,724 acres near Seymour and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington. Muscatatuck’s mission is

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Ohio River – Cannelton Pool, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Phone (812) 547-2962 Activities BOATING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Ohio River – Cannelton Pool Website Ohio River – Cannelton Pool Photo Album Provides a usable pool for commercial boat traffic on the Ohio, and is popular with recreational boaters. This area is along the Lewis and Clark route.

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Ohio River – John T. Myers Lock and Dam, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Phone (812) 838-5836 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Ohio River – John T. Myers Lock and Dam Website Ohio River – John T. Myers Lock and Dam Photo Album Located on the Ohio River about 3 miles downstream from Uniontown, Kentucky, at mile 846.0 below Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The navigation locks are located on the right bank or Indiana side of the river. The upper pool maintained above the dam extends upstream for a distance of 69.9 miles to the Newburgh Locks and Dam at Mile 776.1.

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Ohio River – Newburgh Pool, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Phone (812) 853-8470 Activities BOATING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Ohio River – Newburgh Pool Photo Album Ohio River – Newburgh Pool Website One of the projects essential in maintaining the Ohio River navigational channel. This area is along the Lewis and Clark route.

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Patoka Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Located approximately 65 miles west of Louisville, KY, the major recreation area is west of the intersection of IN 64 and 145. Phone (812) 678-3761 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Patoka Lake Website Patoka Lake Photo Album Patoka Lake: two pairs of bald eagles established nests during the spring of 1992 through 1997. A fresh-water jellyfish (the size of a quarter), an indicator of a very pure and clean ecosystem, may be seen from time to time in the reservoir.

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Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Wildlife Management Area, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions Located in the counties of Pike and Gibson, the refuge is 30 miles north of Evansville by way of State Road 57. It is adjacent to the small towns of Oakland City along State Road 64 and Winslow on State Road 61. The refuge headquarters is located on the west side of Oakland City on the south side of State Road 64. Phone 812-749-3199 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Overview “Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area is located in southwestern Indiana within the historically important north-south flyway of the Wabash River Basin. This river bottoms refuge is strategically located to provide important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory

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Salamonie Lake, Indiana Camping & Hiking

Directions From Wabash, south on IN 15, east on IN 124, north on IN 105 to Lost Bridge recreation sites. Phone (260) 782-2358 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Indiana Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Indiana Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Indiana Recreation Areas Salamonie Lake Website Salamonie Lake Photo Album Salamonie Lake: was derived from the Indian word “O-sah-mo-nee” which means “yellow paint.” The Indians made yellow dye and paint from the bloodroot that grew abundantly along the banks of the stream.

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