Join Us for Lake Monroe Day!

Friends of Lake Monroe is pleased to announce a new annual celebration, Lake Monroe Day. We have created this event to raise awareness of the importance of Lake Monroe to our community and the challenges that it faces.  Local government officials from the City of Bloomington and Monroe County will be issuing proclamations declaring Sunday, September 18, 2022 to be “Lake Monroe Day.” Friends of Lake Monroe intends to make this an annual event moving forward.  Please join us at one (or more!) of our Lake Monroe Day activities:

Lake Monroe Celebration

Sunday, September 18, 2022 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Upland Brewing Wood Shop, 354 W 11th St., Bloomington, IN 47404

Join us for a festive evening at the Upland Brewing Wood Shop to celebrate Lake Monroe. Friends of Lake Monroe will provide music and appetizers. This is a great chance to get to know other lake supporters and to learn more about our ongoing work preserving and enhancing Lake Monroe. No registration is needed.


Pine Grove Paddle

Sunday, September 18, 2022 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

David Rupp of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours will lead a guided kayak trip on Lake Monroe at the Pine Grove State Recreational Area. This Friends of Lake Monroe member event is FREE and includes the use of boats, paddles, PFDs, and binoculars for those who need them – but is limited to 10. No experience necessary. Participants should wear proper paddling attire and bring their own drinks and snacks.  Register at



Drinking Water Treatment PlantCity of Bloomington Utilities Drinking Water Treatment Tours

Sunday, September 18 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Join staff from the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) for a tour of the Monroe Water Treatment Plant.  Learn about the treatment process that turns water from Lake Monroe into our drinking water and how that water is distributed to taps throughout Bloomington.  Tours last approximately 90 minutes and close-toed shoes are required.  Capacity is limited so register today at


Lake Monroe has been used as a drinking water source since 1967 and currently provides drinking water to over 130,000 people. Lake Monroe generates over $40 million in economic impact annually in our region from recreational tourism. Lake Monroe and its adjacent wetlands provide critical habitat for wildlife including the bald eagle. Every resident, community and business depends on clean, abundant water and we must do our part to protect this valued resource for generations to come. We invite our community to come together to recognize the importance of Lake Monroe and make a commitment as a community to protect and preserve the lake.

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