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

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: 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: 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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Lake and Pond Fishing

The 41-acre Saddle Lake is a small but excellent place to fish for pan fish in southern Indiana. The lake offers many wooded shoreline hide-aways and tranquil coves for fishing.

Fishing MethodFishing pole with bait or lures
Water TemperatureDepends on season.
Accessible Platformnone
Fishing Platformnone
Fish SpeciesVariety of panfish and bass
Fishing Modeboats or shore
Cleaning Stationnone
Water/Flow LevelWater fluctuates with rainfall and seasons.

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