Fun Fishing, Boating and Campsites at Hardy Lake in Indiana

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Hardy Lake Campsites and Fishing

Hardy Lake Campsites and Fishing in Indiana

If you’re traveling through the Hoosier state, one place worth stopping is Hardy Lake in Southern Indiana. This state property offers so many great things. It’s a place I grew up around and have spent almost every summer there! Between the campsites, fishing, boating, and family cookouts…it’s hard to beat!

The park has 2,178.16 acres with a 741-acre lake for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing. There’s a nice sandy beach there for the kids to enjoy too, equipped with a playground and shelter houses. I’ve spent countless hours swimming and fishing from the banks and from a boat in the middle of the lake and staying with family at the campsites. I feel lucky that I live so close to the lake and can enjoy it whenever I want…it’s just too pretty!

One really awesome thing about Hardy Lake is that it’s the only DNR property with a raptor rehabilitation center. This center cares for injured birds of prey (raptors) and educates visitors about Indiana hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. Several times over the years, our family has taken injured birds to the lake’s rehab center. They take great care of them!

Here’s  a list of activities available at Hardy Lake –

ACTIVITIES

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Courts
  • Open Playfield
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Boating / 4 Launch Ramps
  • Fishing / Ice Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Services
  • Picnicking / Shelterhouse
  • Playgrounds
  • Rental – Rowboat
  • Swimming / Beach
  • Waterskiing

Camping – See campground maps under MAPS tab

  • Electric / 149 sites – Shale Bluff
  • Primitive / 18 sites – Wooster
  • Dumping Station

 

DWIGHT CHAMBERLAIN RAPTOR CENTER

The Raptor Center takes in all these injured and orphaned birds for rehab and release. From hawks and owls, to eagles and falcons. They currently have 12 permanently injured birds that they use for educational purposes. The center is great about teaching kids and the public about our Indiana wildlife.

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  1. Although I leave not far from Indiana, I have never been to Hardy Lake. Loos like an awesome place to go kayaking!