Indiana is home to thousands of lakes, but what is the biggest one in the state?

I know right now it is too cold to spend the day on a lake here in Indiana, but if you're like me, you have been thinking about going out on the water for quite some time. The warmer weather will be here before you know it, and if you care to venture to the largest lake in the state, it might be closer to home than you think.

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Of course, you might be thinking that the largest lake in Indiana is Lake Michigan. While that is true, Indiana shares that lake with a few other states. However, when it comes to the largest land-bound lake in the state, you won't have to travel all the way to the northernmost point of Indiana to find it.

Largest Lake in Indiana

The largest-land bound lake in the state of Indiana happens to be about 10 miles southeast of Bloomington. Monroe Lake tops the list of the largest land-bound lakes in the state. According to Visit Bloomington:

Monroe Lake is Indiana’s largest land-bound body of water. At nearly 11,000 surface-acres, this lake offers an abundance of space for recreation of all types — no matter the season, there's an activity for everyone to enjoy.
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There are so many things to do at Monroe Lake. We're talking about boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and hanging out on the beach. Plus the area offers things like horseback riding and mountain biking, among several other activities.

You can learn more about the largest land-bound lake in Indiana and even plan your trip to Monroe Lake by clicking here.

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The website,, which keeps tabs on the more unique attractions each state has to offer, lists 75 attractions for Indiana. The following 11 are the ones I found to be the most interesting and hope to see in person with my own eyes one of these days.

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Indiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

16 Indiana Towns with Dirty-Sounding Names

A majority of these towns were given their names in the mid-to-late 1800s as settlers making their way across the country found unclaimed plots of land and decided to make them their own. While I imagine they thought the names they came up with were innocent, and perhaps a tribute to something in their lives, pop culture has warped our minds to the point since then that we can't help but think of something about the town that was never intended by its founders. Take a look at this list. I guarantee there's at least one name that will make you chuckle.

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