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Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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. NOTE: CAMPGROUND OPENING IS DELAYED FOR 2020. Refer to Current Conditions section for latest status.
  • 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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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. 

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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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