Whether you are looking to launch your boat into the water, swim your children, or hike trails surrounded by water and great fishing, we have a lake for you! Check out our list of the best lakes in Indiana then pack a lunch and a cooler for a fun day trip.
- Lake Maxinkuckee
This lake located near Culver, is Indiana’s second largest natural lake. Popular in the summer for fishing and sailing, it’s also a great spot for ice fishing in the winter
- Patoka Lake
This reservoir stretches across three different counties in southern Indiana. Stocked with several different types of fish, this lake also offers fantastic hiking trails and a beach for swimmers.
- Lake Monroe
Not far from Indiana University, Lake Monroe is the largest body of water that sits solely in Indiana. Perfect for boating, water skiing, and fishing, there is also a resort and sailing club nearby.
- Lake Shafer
Long known for being near popular Indiana Beach Theme Park, this lake saw a decline in popularity with the closing of the amusement park. However, now that the amusement park is being fully restored it is seeing a surge in recognition again.
- Lake James
Long touted as the lake with the best water quality in Indiana, Lake James is a must stop for any boater. Several sandbars make anchoring and hanging out with your friends possible. Near by Pokagon State Park makes this a fun destination for overnight camping as well.
- Cagles Mill Lake
Known for being a popular spot for Bald Eagles to nest, this lake also draws people in with its beautiful falls, Cataract Falls – the largest in Indiana.
- Lake Tippecanoe
Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and a beach for swimming, Lake Tippecanoe has long been known as a fun, family spot.
- Lake Wawasee
Indiana’s largest natural lake, is a popular spot for families of Indiana and Illinois alike. Marinas, Resorts, Beaches and more add to the appeal of the Lake.