Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area)

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Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area)


(765) 795-4576

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One of the main feature at Cagles Mill Lake is Cataract Falls. With upper and lower falls, it is the largest waterfall by volume)in Indiana. The lower falls ends at the headwater of the lake and is accessible by boat. Availible activities at the recreation area are swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.

Map of Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Rec. Area) (IN)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.482315, -86.874390



  • Boating

    The recreation area's boating amenities include two boat ramps and a marina that provides concessions, seasonal mooring, fuel, boat rental and fishing supplies. Fishing boats and pontoon boats are available by the hour or day. Inquire at boat rental office for rates and reservations at the marina.

  • Fishing

    Bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, hybrid stripers and walleye can be caught on Cagles Mill Lake. A State license is required and available at the property office.

  • Hiking

    The easy to moderate marked Wildflower and Nature trails are available for hiking all year.

  • Hunting

    Cagles Mill Lake offers many hunting and fishing opportunities within it's 8,075 acres.

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on the lake in season. Approximately 6,075 acres of state and federal land surrounds Lieber State Recreation Area. This includes Owen-Putnam State Forest. Squirrel and deer are the most popular game harvested but wild turkey, raccoon, and fox are also taken. The recreation area is only a few miles south of I-70 on SR 243 and offers year round camping with fully developed sites available.

    Cagles Mill Lake allows the use of bonus antlerless deer tags.

    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

    Tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment and playfields are offered at the picnic area. Accessible picnic sites are available. Shelter reservations can be made through the Central Reservation System.

  • RVing

    There are two campgrounds, Poplar Grove with 120 electric sites and Sunny Acres with 96 non-electric sites. A dumping station is also availible for use.

  • Water Sports

    The recreation area has several options for water sports. Swimming can occur at the lake beach or at the swimming pool in the recreation area's aquatic center. The center opens Memorial Day and closes in the middle of August, though the length of the season may vary due to lifeguard availibility. For swimming availability, contact the property office. Lifeguards are on duty at all swimming pools, but a Swim at Your Own Risk policy is in effect at all beaches. Other water activities include waterskiing and Water Safari Boat Tours.

Park Partners



Interstate 70 to exit 37 (Putnamville exit), then south on State Road 243 to the property. From Terre Haute, 30 miles east on I-70, 5 miles south on IN 243.

Phone Numbers


(765) 795-4576



what is the fee for admission to the park? also is there a fee to pay to horse back riding ? and when ?



The daily entrance fee per carload is $5 for in-state visitors and $7 for out-of-state visitors. For visitors entering the park on foot, on bicycle, or on horseback, the fee is $2 per person. If you choose to horse back ride, a daily horse permit is $5 per horse. For more information on fees, please visit: