RV and Tent Camping In Bloomington, Indiana

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Houses from the Bloomington West Side Historic District. Photo by Nyttend – Own work, LinkCLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER PICTURE.

Bloomington is located about 51 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis, and about 12 miles west of Nashville. The population of Bloomington in 2016 was estimated at 84, 067 people.

The main campus of Indiana University is located in Bloomington. This university has many noted former students and graduates, such as David Anspaugh (movie producer and director), Dick Enberg (American sportscaster), Kevin Kline (actor), Lee Majors (actor), Hoosier Jane Pauley (TV broadcaster) and many others.

The city was the location of the 1979 movie “Breaking Away.” Bloomington is a “treasure house” for structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bloomington is the birthplace of the famous composer Hoagy Carmichael, the rocker David Lee Roth of Van Halen and many other notables. More information about Bloomington can be found at Wikipedia by CLICKING HERE.

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Camping Links In Bloomington


Monroe Lake

for location, photos and Google
reviews. Average Google review
rating was 4.6 out of 5 as of 08/14/18.

RV Camping
x221 Electric Sitesxxx72 Non-Electric Sites
x30 & 50 Amp ServicexxxDump Station

Tent Camping
x19 Primitive Sites
xBasketball Court
xBeach Bathhouse w/Restrooms & Showers
xBoat Launching RampsxxxCamp Store
xFire RingsxxxFish Cleaning Station**
xFishing PierxxxGrills
xMarinaxxxNature Center

xPets WelcomexxxPicnic Areas
xPicnic Shelters*xxxPicnic Tables
xPit ToiletsxxxRestrooms and Showers
xSwimming BeachxxxWater Stations
xCanoesxxxFishing BoatsxxxJet Skis
xKayaksxxxPaddle BoardsxxxPontoons
xSki BoatsxxxSkisxxxTubes
Things To Do
xChildren’s PlaygroundsxxxFishing**
xHiking TrailsxxxIce Fishing**
xRow BoatingxxxWaterskiing
xVarious Water Activities
Special Info
* – Picnic Shelters – Contact DNR facility
xxregarding the probability of Rental Fees.

** – Fishing – Requires State License.

of Monroe Lake.
Paynetown State Recreation Area.

PLEASE NOTE: The listings above are accurate as of 08/17/19, but do not reflect all the amenities offered at this campground. Also, many campground facilities add or remove campsites and amenities over time. We strongly recommend you visit the DNR website at Monroe Lake by CLICKING HERE for all information, complete details and much more.

Monroe Lake is a 10,750 acre lake constructed in the 60’s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s primary purpose was to provide flood control in that area and a reliable water source for the city of Bloomington.

The total land area consists of nearly 24,000 acres, including Monroe Lake, and is under the management by both the Indiana DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This land includes the Paynetown SRA, Allen’s Creek SRA, Cutright SRA, Fairfax SRA, Moore’s Creek SRA, Pine Grove SRA, Salt Creek SRA, and the Crooked Creek SRA.

For many living inside and outside of Indiana, Monroe Lake is considered a top destination for camping and water activities. The sheer size and the numerous rental offerings attracts people of all ages and outdoor interests.

All camping activities take place at the
Paynetown State Recreation Area.

CLICK HERE to make reservations for the
campgrounds at Monroe Lake (Paynetown SRA).


Charles C. Deam Wilderness

for location, photos and Google
reviews. Average Google review
rating was 4.7 out of 5 as of 08/14/18.

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is contained within the 202,814 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. The wilderness itself encompasses approximately 13,000 acres. It is located just 8 miles southeast of the Bloomington city boundaries.

This wilderness area is preserved for those looking to escape from the modern world and it’s offerings. It is strictly primitive in nature and relished by those who enjoy tent camping and seclusion. All wheeled transportation is prohibited in this area, including bicycles.

Visit the website link above for more details.


Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe

for location, photos and Google
reviews. Average Google review
rating was 4.5 out of 5 as of 08/27/18.

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Other campgrounds within 51 miles of…..
Paynetown State Recreation Area

Click on the name of the town or city shown below in text for links to nearby eats, attractions and other information.

Click on the destination campground name shown below in text for links to the campground websites.

Click on the mileage numbers shown below in for Google’s approximate mileage and suggested driving route.
Some cities and towns have multiple campground offerings. Mileage will vary from actual point of departure to destination. Be sure to check the point of departure in the blue section at the upper left of the Google Map result.

Double ** indicates special information about RV camping or days of campground operation. In most cases, but not all, RV camping is prohibited. It is highly recommended to click on the campground website link.

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area10 miles
Yellowwood State Forest18 miles **
Brown County State Park 24 miles
Brown County/Nashville KOA25 miles
Westward Ho! Camp Ground27 miles
Valley Branch Retreat
30 miles
McCormick’s Creek State Park25 miles
Owen-Putnam State Forest33 miles **
Hickory Hills Campground39 miles
Morgan-Monroe State Forest 27 miles **
Bean Blossom
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground 28 miles
Spring Mill State Park35 miles
Starve Hollow SRA37 miles
Jackson-Washington State Forest38 miles **
Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA)49 miles
Sunset Park51 miles


Nearby Eats & Other Fixin’s
Aver’s Pizza
Big Woods Bloomington
Cabin Restaurant & Lounge
Grecco’s Pizza Judah
Nearby Attractions
AMC Showplace Bloomington 12
Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve
Classic Bowling Lanes
Kirkwood Observatory
Leonard Springs Nature Park

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