Springs Valley Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Springs Valley Lake Vista

The 141-acre lake, once known as Tucker Lake, surrounded by scenic hardwood forests features primitive camping with vault toilets. No drinking water is available. A boat ramp and picnic facilities are also available. No fees are charged. Visitors to this area should be aware of a vandalism problem in this area and people are asked to report any suspicious activity or damage.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day, Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: No reservations taken
Fees none
Permit Info: Horses and mountain bike riders (age 17 years and older) are required to have a permit and stay on trails designated for that type of use. Permits are available from our offices and local vendors.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground. No hardwood firewood may be brought in to the campgrounds unless it has been certified by the USDA or IDNR.
Closest Towns: Paoli, IN
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets are available
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: From Hwy 37 - From Hwy 37 south of Paoli turn right on Unionville Road, proceed for 1 mile, turn right at brown FS sign onto County Road 150 S. and proceed 1.1 miles to stop sign and turn left onto County Road 225 W, proceed 2.1 miles to brown FS sign and bear right on 325 S for 1.9 miles to stop sign, turn left on 500 W and go .8 miles to brown FS sign and turn Left on County Road 550 W. and follow this road back to Springs Valley Lake.From Hwy 145 - Take Hwy 145 South out of French Lick 6.4 miles and turn left at brown FS sign on Baseline Liberty Road and proceed 1.3 miles, turn left on County Road 650 W at brown FS sign and proceed 1.8 miles to “Y” in road, bear right (stay on 650 W) and proceed 0.8 miles to stop sign, turn right onto 600 W and proceed 0.5 miles to 550 W. Turn right at brown FS sign and follow back to Springs Valley Lake. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 38o 28' 41.217"N, Long- 86o 31' 29.131"W

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Campground Camping

The Springs Valley Recreation Area has primitive camping with vault toilets only. No drinking water is available. The six sites provided for picnicking can be used for camping as well.

Fees: no fee is charged
Hours of Operation: Quiet Hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.


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