Hardy Lake State Park

Quick Facts

Hardy Lake State Park


(812) 794-3800

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Things To Do


Hardy Lake is a 745-acre reservoir formed from the dammed waters of Quick Creek, a tributary to the Muscatatuck River. Located in southeastern Indiana, Hardy Lake and its associated Hardy Lake State Recreation Area comprise a 1,700-acre complex that is quite diverse in avian habitat. Wetlands, ponds, and mudflats augment the reservoir in providing habitat for waterbirds, while conifers, deciduous woodlands, brush, and grasslands provide upland environments for songbirds.

Map of Hardy Lake (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.777373, -85.692158



  • Boating

    Four launch ramps are located at various points around the lake. Two major ramps are located within the recreation area near Alpha marina. Rowboats can be rented.

  • Fishing

    Plenty of good fishing is available for bluegill, catfish, crappie largemouth bass and tiger muskie. Fish-cleaning stations are available. There are two fishing piers, one located south of Alpha marina and the other south of the swimming beach.

  • Hiking

    There are six trails at the recreations area, ranging in distance from one-half miles to two miles. This includes an archery trail, which has designed stations along the way for testing your archery skills.

  • Hunting

    Hunting of all wildlife species is permitted within Indiana hunting regulations. Waterfowl, squirrels, turkeys and deer are the most abundant, however, quail, snipe, woodcock, rabbit, fox, and raccoons also are found on the property. The Hardy Lake office is open daily thru first weekend in December from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased from the office along with federal duck stamps(a limited number of these stamps are available so call ahead to be sure the stamps are in stock). Trapping opportunities are available through a sealed bidding process for specific trapping units. Contact the property office in late summer for details on the bidding process. All hunters must register and sign the waiver of liability at one of the hunter sign-in stations on the property. Hunter sign-in is mandatory, and failure to sign in and out properly may result in a fine. All game taken must be recorded on a required one-day hunter permit card that is carried with you as you hunt and turned in at the end of the day. At some properties, the card must be returned to the same hunter sign-in station where the waiver of liability was signed; please look for that requirement when you check-in. Take and use only one card per day. This system provides valuable wildlife management information.

  • Picnicking

    Most areas contain accessible picnic sites, picnic tables, grills, toilet facilities and shelters. Some areas have basketball hoops and horseshoe pits.

  • RVing

    Shale Bluff campground offers 149 Electric sites with asphalt-surfaced roads and gravel pads, electric hookups, water fountains, flush toilets, hot water and showers. The campground features a winterized restroom and showerhouse that operates year round. A trailer dump station serves the campground. Occupancy is limited to 14 consecutive nights. Wooster campground primarily serves anglers and primitive campers, and offers 18 Primitive sites. Water and one pit toilet are available in the immediate area. A launch ramp is located adjacent to the campground. Campers are permitted to moor their boats overnight in Wooster Bay. Reservations for all types camping are available through the Central Reservation System.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available at the unguarded beach during posted hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A modern bathhouse provides showers, dressing benches, restrooms and food concessions. Waterskiing is also open to visitors.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is a popular winter sport for visitors.

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From the North or South Take I-65 into Scott County in southeastern Indiana. Exit east onto SR 256 (exit #33) in the northwestern part of the county. Continue east to SR 203, some 5.3 miles east of the town of Austin. Instead of turning right (south) onto SR 203, turn left (north) onto Hardy Lake Road, and drive for 3.8 miles to the main entrance of Hardy Lake State Reservoir.

Phone Numbers


(812) 794-3800



i am trying to find arieal pictures of hardy lake in scootsburg IN before it was hardy when it was quick creek reservior i would like to know were the houses and were the road is so i can do some better fishing thanks james angleritisaol.com