"a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never
to its original dimensions". Oliver Holmes
Lake Monroe and Salt Creek Excursions -
There are three major areas of Lake
Monroe that are idle speed only and
provide fantastic canoeing and kayaking.
Pine Grove, Moore's Creek, and Ramp
Creek. All provide calm waters (no power
boat wake), great fishing, picnicking and,
best of all, great swimming on rocky
shorelines in clean water of Moore's
Creek and Ramp Creek.
Lake Monroe Paddling
Lake Monroe is Indiana's largest lake with over 10,750 surface areas of
reservoir. This does not include the fantastic Salt Creek upstream and
downstream of the lake. NF Salt Creek upstream of Lake Monroe
provides wild backwater paddling with low current, fantastic fishing and
abundant wildlife. All of this within 20 minutes of Bloomington or 20
minutes from Brown County State Park.
This is arguably, the best wild backwaters in Indiana for wildlife
viewing. There is a bald eagle nest along the NF of Salt Creek, and the
eagles will generally pose for a photo op. Our trips here range from a
minimum of 4 hours to overnight trips to paddle from the Monroe
County line to the Pine Grove launch ramp at Lake Monroe. Longer
trips of 6 hours or more are encouraged so you can see more of the
backwaters of Lake Monroe.
This is the "cool" trip because cold
water is being released from the bottom
of Lake Monroe in the summer. In the
summer it feels like the air conditioning
is on. The average trip length is 3 hours
to the Logan Guthrie bottoms. A pair of
bald eagles has been nesting about 4
miles downstream of the dam for several
years now. They generally make
themselves available for photos as you
silently glide beneath them.
The fishery includes Kentucky spotted
bass, sauger, walleye, wipers, sunfish,
crappies, white bass, yellow bass, and
catfish. Something is always biting in
lower Salt Creek.
This trip is subject to closure due to the
occurrence of log jams along the creek
in lower flow conditions
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The Moore's Creek area of Lake Monroe is a water playground for
kayaking, swimming, picnicking, fishing, and relaxing. We call this our
On a hot summer day, or night, nothnig beats kayaking and swimming
in the Moore's Creek area. There is a bald eagle's nest nearby, and in
the summer the catfish are easy to catch.
Moore's Creek is especially close to Bloomington. Kayaks are best for
this trip, and there is, also, a picnic area at the parking lot.
This is a family favorite summer fun trip!
Middle Fork Salt Creek
The Middle Fork of Salt Creek trip starts in Brown County and
traverses the Middle Fork Waterfowl Resting Area and along the
shoreline of the Deam Wilderness area of Hoosier National Forest.
This is one of the best places in Indiana to spot bald eagles and other
wildlife. In a nutshell, this area is simply beautiful and a magical place
to paddle, March through December. For a real wilderness experience
this trip is among the best in Indiana.
The launch site is the Crooked Creek Launch Ramp, and if it is not
windy, the take-out is Pine Grove Launch Ramp in Monroe County.
When the wind is stiff the take out is back at the Crooked Creek
Launch Ramp. This is a 5-6 hour trip.