Indianapolis September 29, 2017
7 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Indianapolis
Summer’s officially over, but the weather is still beautiful. Take this opportunity to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy the many wonderful, serene lakes that are within easy driving distance of Indianapolis. You have multiple choices, so here are seven of our favorite lakes to visit.
1. Lake Monroe
Just a few miles south of Bloomington, you’ll find Monroe Lake. This happens to be the largest lake that is entirely situated in the state of Indiana. At around 10,750 acres, this body of water spreads over Monroe and Brown counties. It’s perfect for boating, fishing, and swimming.
2. Summit Lake
Located near New Castle, Summit Lake is part of one of Indiana’s major state parks. The 800-acre lake is a popular destination during the warm months, especially for boating enthusiasts.
3. Cagles Mill Lake
Also known as Cataract Lake, this lake features the state’s largest waterfalls, which we recently featured on our list of
top waterfalls near Indianapolis
. One of the lake’s main attractions, besides the gorgeous views, is a bald eagle nest where the birds return every warm season.
4. Cecil M. Harden Lake
Sometimes called Raccoon Lake, this is another beautiful destination for fans of fishing and boating. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of fish, wildlife, and fauna that you won’t find in the big city.
5. Griffy Lake
Surrounded by the beauty of flora and fauna, Bloomington’s Griffy Lake was created by a dam on Griffy Creek during the 1920s and has since been a popular hangout spot for Indiana University students. Along with the lake, you’ll find a serene nature preserve and nice hiking trails.
6. Lake Shafer
One of the Twin Lakes near Monticello, Lake Shafer is a popular recreational area in White County. It features the Indiana Beach Amusement Park, as well as a well-kept camp resort. You’ll find cottages and boat rental marinas, making it perfect for a weekend getaway.
7. Lake Freeman
The second of the Twin Lakes, Lake Freeman is the more quiet and peaceful of the two, since it lacks the major tourist attractions. Enjoy a bit more privacy and quiet reflection while floating or boating on this lake.
Which lakes do you enjoy spending time at? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!