Saddle Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Kayaking on Saddle Lake

The Saddle Lake Recreation Area was one of four that was associated with flood control lakes built along the Middle Fork of the Anderson River. Saddle Lake once had a fully developed recreation area but now has only a primitive campground, a boat ramp for the lake and a hiking trail. This scenic, somewhat remote lake is an excellent place to get away from crowds and you will often have the place to yourself!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/1/21 - Lake water levels have been lowered for boat ramp work and it may take several months for lakes to refill and allow use of boat ramps.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours/day, Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am
Fees $5.00 per campsite per night. Self-service pay stations at the campground.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Firewood Restrictions 
  • Any firewood brought onto National Forest System land must meet ONE of the firewood requirements on Hoosier National Forest.
  • Use of on-site firewood must only be from dead, downed material. Standing trees, living or dead, may not be cut or defaced.
A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground. 
Closest Towns: Tell City, IN
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: One vault toilet
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: Take I-64 to IN 37 south (Exit 79), then south approximately 12-13 miles to the turn off on old Highway 37 to the Saddle Lake Recreation Area. Follow the signs to the campground and boat ramp. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 38o 3' 33.649"N, Long- 86o 39' 9.435"W

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The Saddle Lake Recreation Area includes a primitive campground with vault toilets.

No. of Sites 13
Reservation Info No reservations taken
Fire Information Each site has a campfire grill established where camp fires must be built.
No. of Accessible sites 0
Sleeping Shelter no


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