Campground & Recreation Area

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area


Thanks for spending your Summer at Hardin Ridge Beach and Day Use area. As of September 5, 2023 the Beach and Day Use area is CLOSED for the season. Camping remains available until the end of the 2023 season. Make your reservations on Looking forward to seeing you as you Go FIND Outdoors!

6464 Hardin Ridge Road
Heltonville, IN 47436
Reservations CANNOT be made by calling the office. Call the reservation line 877.444.6777, use the reserve link below, or follow this step-by-step guide.
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We’re located on the shores of beautiful Lake Monroe and offer spacious campsites, boating, swimming, fishing and so much more!

On the shores of Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest lake, Hardin Ridge Recreation Area offers countless ways to enjoy the outdoors. Delight in swimming, boating and fishing at our day use area, or hike one of several trails within Hoosier National Forest.  The campground boasts 200 spacious campsites that accommodate anyone looking to spend a little time in the shade. Large, private tent sites are situated on ridgelines that make Hardin Ridge look more like a forest in the mountains than the flat lands. Sun or shade, Hardin Ridge is the ultimate in the “family getaway”!  Don’t forget to visit our other campgrounds at Indian-Celina and Tipsaw!  For the best in Indiana campgrounds, check out these pristine locations.


Standard/Interagency & Senior Discounts


Standard Campsite (8 Persons & 1 Vehicle) — $21 / $10.50
Standard Campsite (Electric) — $28/$18
Standard Campsite (Electric & Water) — $31/$21
Double Campsite (16 Persons & 2 Vehicles) — $41
Double Campsite (Electric) — $44
Cabin Rental – $55/night + $75/deposit

Paid Amenities

Each additional car —$5/day
Day Use — Parking – $5
Day Use – Busses & Vans – $5 + $1 per person
Annual Pass – $35/$17.50
Picnic Pavilion – $40

Season Passes

Season passes are available. Click here to purchase.


From Bedford, go 7 miles east on US 50. Go north on SR 446 for 12 miles and turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.

From Bloomington, 46 and 446 intersection, go 14 miles south on SR 446. Turn west on Chapel Hill Road and travel 2 miles to the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • 200 Spacious, Shaded Sites
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Modern Bath Houses
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Boat Ramp
Things to Do…
  • Swimming
  • Boating
Please, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly so that your public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come!

Additional Information

Is bedding provided in the cabin rentals?

No, bedding is not provided.

How close are the facilities?

Within walking distance of the sites.

What are the hours of the Beach area?

The beach area is open daily from 9am until 8pm and will remain open until Labor Day.

What species of fish can be found at Hardin Ridge?

Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Walleye, and Bluegill

  • Swimming, Boating & Fishing at Lake Monroe
  • Charles C. Deam Wilderness
  • Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower
  • Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest
  • Lick Creek African American Settlement
  • Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail
  • Wesley Chapel Gulf
  • Buffalo Trace Park
  • Clover Lick Barrens

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