Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Camping at Celina Campground

Change first paragraph to this:  The Indian and Celina Lakes Recreation Area is a tranquil get-away in the midst of the Hoosier National Forest with easy access from I-64. The recreation area contains the 164 acre Celina Lake and the 152 acre Indian Lake. Activities include camping, boating (non-motorized and electric motors only, please), fishing, and hiking.  Additional amenities include the historic Rickenbaugh House, an amphitheater and interpretive trail.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open for hiking and other activities year-round. 
  • South Slope campsites are open April 15 through January 1,  with limited services October 16 through January 1.
  • North Face c ampsites are open all year with limited services October 16 through April 14.
  • Campground quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am 
Reservations: Camping
  • Reservations for picnic shelters and some campsites sites may be made online or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 
  • Some sites are only non-reservabe and only available as first come, first served. 
  • A three day reservation window is required. All sites, cabins, and shelters may be available as a walkup site if not reserved within that time period. 
Fees Day Use Fees
  • Required from 4/15 - 10/31. 
  • $5/day for each vehicle 
  • Buses are $5 for the driver plus $1/person  (no passes accepted)
  • Annual passes available
  • Discounts available for access, senior, and military pass holders. 
Camping Fees - April 15 through October 15
  • Walk-to and primitive sites - $20/night
  • Electric sites - $27/night
  • Electirc and water sites - $30/night
  • Double sites with electric - $43 night
  • Cabin rentals - $50 per night
  • Campsites are allowed one vehicle. $5/ night for extra vehicles
  • Discounts are available to access and senior pass holders for single sites only.
Camping - October 16 – April 14
  • Primitive sites - $5/night
  • Electric sites - $10/night
  • Access or Senior Pass holders - Half-off primitive and electric sites
Permit Info: Fishing and Boating
  • Indiana state fishing permits are required for fishing. 
  • Indiana launch permit required for launching boats on Lake Monroe. 
  • Boaters are required to follow Indiana state boat operating and registration requirements.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Trail Use
  • The Two Lakes Trail is hiking only. 
Firewood Restrictions 
  • No hardwood firewood may be brought in to the recreation area unless it has been certified by the USDA.
  • Processed lumber is also acceptable except no pallets may be brought in to burn. 
  • Dead and downed wood may also be collected for fires. 
  • USDA certified firewood may be purchased at the campground for $5 per bundle.
A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground, as well as being provide upon check-in at the recreation area. 
Closest Towns: Tell City, IN
Water: Centralized drinking water is available throughout the recreation area.
Restroom: Modern flush restrooms available during camping season. Vault toilets available year-round.
Passes: Day-Use and Annual Passes
  • Day-use or annual passes are required April 15 through October 31 and are available at the gatehouse, or instructions provided if gatehouse is not staffed.
  • Day-use and annual passes may be used at Hardin Ridge, Indian-Celina, and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Areas. 
  • Day-use and annual passes do not cover separate camping fees.
Interagency Passes
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry Concessionaires; phone 812-843-4880 (during recreation season only).
Information Center: Hoosier National Forest Tell City Ranger District

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Directions:

Located 3 miles south of Interstate 64 off State Highway 37. Turn at the large entrance sign. A gatehouse sits just off State Road 37 at the entrance of the recreation area. 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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