Going to the lake is one of those things that I look forward to doing every Summer. It is always fun to try out new lakes and see what each lake has to offer. Some are great for the beaches, others for fishing, and still others for watersports such as skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. I personally prefer the lakes that are set up for watersports, but here in Indiana there are lakes of all types, so you just have to find the right one for you.
One great website that allows you to see many of the lakes that Indiana has to offer is IN.gov’s Parks and Recreation page. Here you can view a map of where parks and lakes are located within Indiana. Another location that might be helpful when planning your boating excursion is here in ET2. We have maps of Indiana and maps that detail each of the lakes. These resources are found in the Indiana Collection. For more information feel free to stop in and we will be happy to help you find more resources on the different lakes here in Indiana.
Now about some of the lakes. Here in Bloomington, most people head over to Lake Monroe to satisfy their craving for watersports. It offers places to watch the bald eagles, beaches, playgrounds, 9 boat ramps and allows for both fishing and watersports. Another lake that is close by is Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. Griffy Lake offers boat, canoe, and kayak rental, but does not allow for waterskiing. As you can see, there is plenty of diversity between lakes.
Something that you should consider before going to the lake are the laws of the lake. Even though you are on the water, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t laws. Many states in the United States now require boaters to have a special boaters license. In Indiana there is a whole section in the Handbook of Indiana Boating Laws and Responsibilities on Who May Operate a Vessel. It is always good to know the rules and laws before going. For more information check out the IN.gov Boating in Indiana website.