Indian-Celina Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Camping at Celina Campground

The Indian and Celina Recreation Area is a tranquil get-away in the midst of the Hoosier National Forest. The recreation area contains Celina Lake (164 ac.) and Indian Lake (152 ac.). It is located 3 miles south of Interstate 64 off State Highway 37. The recreation area offers camping, electric motor boating, fishing, and hiking, as well as a interesting historical site.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open for hiking and other activities 24 hours/day year-round.  Campground open season with full services is from April 15th through October 31st. Camping is available on the North Face Loop year-round with limited services. Quiet hours for all campsites are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am year-round.
Reservations: Campground reservations are required.
  • Reservations can be made online begining May 15th
  • Reservations can be made through walk-up factilities at the recreation area throughout the rest of the year. 
Fees Entry fees are required for use from 4/15 - 10/31. The fees are:
  • 5 per vehicle per day fee for day use 
  • Buses are $5 for the driver plus $1/person - no passes accepted.
Annual passes are available. 
Permit Info: The following activities require appropriate permits:
  • Fishing requires a Indiana state licence. 
  • Boaters are required to follow Indiana state boat registration requirements. 
Other recreation activities do not require a special recreation permit.
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 recreation area unless it has been certified by the USDA.
Closest Towns: Tell City, IN
Water: Drinking water available in the campgrounds and at the Celina boat ramp.
Restroom: Vault and Flush Toilet available
Passes: Annual passes can be purchased for $35 and are honored at Hardin Ridge, Tipsaw Lake, and Indian-Celina Recreation Areas. America the Beautiful Access and Senior Passes provide discounts for annual passes and day-use entry fees. For pass holders, the annual fee is $17.50 per year  or $2.50 per day. 
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry Concessionaires; phone 812-843-4880 (during recreation season only).

General Information


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. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 38o 11' 56.664"N, Long - 86o 35' 53.951"W

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Lake and Pond Fishing

This recreation complex includes Celina Lake (164 acres) and Indian Lake (152 acres) both of which have been touted as two of the best pan fishing lakes in southern Indiana. The lakes offer many miles of shoreline and tranquil coves for fishing.

Fishing MethodFishing pole with bait or lures
Water TemperatureDepends on season.
Accessible PlatformAn accessible fishing pier is available at Celina Lake
Fishing PlatformAn accessible fishing pier is available at Celina Lake
Fish SpeciesVariety of panfish and bass
Fishing Modeboats or shore
Cleaning Stationnone
Water/Flow LevelWater fluctuates with rainfall and seasons.


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