Cecil M. Harden Lake
Cecil M. Harden Lake, formerly known as Mansfield Lake, is located in west central Indiana and is situated on Big Racoon Creek, just 33 miles upstream of the confluence with the Wabash River. The lake exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The 2,110 acre lake provides flood reduction downstream from the dam, primarily in the Big Raccoon Creek and Lower Wabash River watersheds. Cecil M. Harden Lake also offers water-related recreation and the enhancement of fish and wildlife.
Cecil M. Harden Lake provides a tremendous opportunity for the boating enthusiast. The boating season begins around the first of May and continues through October.
The recreation facilities at the lake are maintained and operated by the State of Indiana, Department of Natural Resources, with the exception of the operations area which the Corps maintains. For further information contact Raccoon State Park.
Fishing is permitted in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws or regulations.
Hiking is permitted at the lake.
Hunting is permitted in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws or regulations.
Picnic and shelter opportunities are available at the dam area or at Raccoon State Park. The Corps of Engineers operates a day use area at the dam. This area offers two picnic shelters, grills, handicapped accessible fishing pier, new playground equipment, and restrooms. The picnic shelters can be reserved by calling the park manager.
The campgrounds have electricity and dump stations.
Swimming, wading, snorkeling or scuba diving at one's own risk is permitted, except at boat launching sites, designated mooring points and public docks, or other areas so designated by the District Commander. A swimming area is provided by the State of Indiana, Department of Natural Resources at Raccoon State Park. Contact the park manager for more details.
From Terre Haute, 25 mi NE via US 40, E to northbound IN 59.