Backstreams of Lake Monroe

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.s

North Fork Salt Creek from Friendship Landing to Pine Grove Landing

The North Fork of Salt Creek winds between Monroe and Brown Counties and through Yellowwood State Forest, Morgan Monroe State Forest. This trip features good fishing, nesting bald eagles and oppertunities for wildlife photography on a relaxing voyage. Trips from 3.5 to 5 hours. This is the most convenient trip to Brown County State Park and Bloomington.

***Ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 3


Challenge Level: 2
Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
Wilderness Experience: 1-3
Age Suitability: Any age (preschool – senior)
Solo: $50
Tandem: $90
Old Town Fishing Kayak: $80
Shuttle Only: $55