7.8 Good
Bloomington, Indiana

Paynetown State Recreation Area

Bloomington, Indiana

4850 IN-446
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Phone: (812) 837-9546

Sites: 227
Recent Rate: $30 7/2016

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Latitude: 39.082206131714
Longitude: -86.435151100159
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

8 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Focusing on just the campground, and not the beautiful Monroe Lake property, this property just gets 'average', although it borders on poor. A prior review from years ago referenced bad roads and potholes inside the campground. Well, they're still there; the roads are terrible. This campground is old and tired, but it gets packed every weekend, because of the fact that it's adjacent to the lake. You'd think Indiana would spend some of the increased camping fees to fix the aging campgrounds.

Many sites have some sort of lake access or lake view, and others have only a short walk to a nice view or access. The 2-cars per site rule isn't enforced, and some people are camping in horse trailers and box trucks. Many of sites are not level, so trust the online booking when it indicates slope. Our site was listed as 'gentle' slope, but it sloped front to back AND left to right. It's also referred to as a 'gravel' site, but this site (nor any others) hasn't seen fresh gravel in years. Some RV sites looked like tent-only to me. Our AC was having a hard time keeping up after the campground filled up, due to an overloaded electric system. I'm guessing that the electrical system gets overloaded, as many of the RV sites are used by 20-amp tent campers with multiple crock pots, lights, etc. For $30 for electric-only sites, this campground isn't a great value, but daggone-it, we'll go back because we love the lake.

It is sort of fun to people-watch here, as it's sort of like going to the county fair. Things quieted down pretty nice after about 10pm, though, even on Saturday night, so even though it's a zoo during the day, you can still get some rest.

There is a marina on the property for boat rentals and various basics and sundries, and a little larger store at the park entrance that sells fishing gear and beer/wine/groceries. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bloomington is about 15 minutes away, for more shopping options. Nashville, IN, is an artsy-village about a 30-minute drive

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, but lots of traffic with all of the people pulling boats and campers. The restrooms are older, but were kept clean. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park. Staff seems decent. Some sites wooded and some out in the open. You have your pick. No water at sites, but a few spigots here and there. Probably ought to be a few more so they aren't quite so far apart. Most roads were good; however, I was a little surprised with the main road running through the campground. There were a few craters that need to be addressed pretty bad. Bathrooms and showers were clean, but dated. Probably pretty active during the main season, but VERY quiet for our stay. We will stay here again. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at site 174. Site was fairly clean, appeared to have been recently mowed. Quiet during week, but a little noisy on weekend. Did not mind as folks did not get unruly. Had very nice neighbors. Got rained on a couple different days, but we're in a drought, so rain is good. Watched the Perseid meteor shower with several people and the park Naturalist. Enjoyed our stay and will stay here again. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice area, nice wooded lots. Some lots have lake access. Was quiet through the week but got very loud on the weekend. Last weekend before school started. Will be going back soon. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

Multiple restroom facilities in disrepair, meaning 1 of 2 stalls was not functioning. With the ratio of facilities to campsites it became a problem. Sites were gravel except for one loop, and the gravel was almost gone. Everyone parking in the grass, and wherever they wanted, which is not what we normally see in State Parks. There were mostly boaters, which made it less than desirable for those wanting to camp, as it meant late nights of noise from both boats and campers. The beach was adequate. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Since we visit Bloomington often, we have found this campground both close enough for daily commute to town, and excellent for our camping needs. We have happy to camp there in both August of 2004 (three nights) and May 2009 (three nights). The campground, indeed, as well as the whole park, is well maintained, has playground for the kids, boat rental, and I believe excursion boat trips on the Huge Lake Monroe Reservoir. The staff is helpful and courteous and readily available both night and day!! Really a nice place. You will like it!! We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Tent.

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Large state-run campground, built by Corps of Engineers, in hilly rural area on Lake Monroe. Nominal one-time entry fee to park is in addition to camping fees; entry fee varies depending on state residency. Most sites large & well-spaced; some with paved pads & concrete patios, others with gravel pads. All have fire rings. Extra picnic tables (more than one per site). Some sites in open, others partly shaded, others deep in woods. Many sites not level; best sites for bigger rigs are the paved back-ins. Some nice walk-in tent sites too. Some sites are accessible to water; boats can be pulled up onshore near the campsite. Campground directories say this park is not reservable but camp hosts told us all sites are reservable. Campground will be busy & crowded on weekends, as it's very popular. Bathhouses are typical Indiana state park basic, concrete floors etc., and are supplemented by pit toilets. Several camp hosts in residence, even off season. We camped at Paynetown State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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