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Brookville Lake

To end the summer with a bang, my family planned one final camping trip for the year. I wanted to visit someplace new, but that wasn’t too far of a drive. Since I knew the temperatures might still be pretty hot and sticky, water was also a high priority. Brookville Lake in southeastern Indiana fit the bill perfectly, and off we went.

Camping at Brookville Lake

I was really impressed with this DNR property. Our campsite was spacious with enough trees to offer some privacy from the other campers. That’s a particularly nice feature when camping on a busy holiday weekend. The campstore is well-equipped with all the basics you’ll need, and the prices were pretty reasonable, too.

The campground staff kept everyone busy all weekend long, including cornhole tournaments and nature walks. We enjoyed a hayride around the campground (until the rain came pouring down on us–summer in Indiana, always a little unpredictable!)

Swimming at Brookville Lake

The best way to beat the heat is to hit the beach! The sand was wonderful, and also created a perfect place for little kids to splash. Boating is another popular activity on the lake, and those that passed by created just enough waves to excite all the adventurous kids.

Other amenities at the beach included a locker room with changing areas and restrooms, a concession stand, and a playground. I think our son could have dug in the sand around the playground equipment for hours!

I loved looking across the water and seeing miles and miles of trees. Lakes with no residential development are so beautiful, and this one is surrounded by hills. Such a wonderful way to spend a steamy, summer morning!

The Surrounding Area

The town of Brookville is very quaint. Several restaurants tempted us, but we chose to cook by our campsite instead. On our next trip, I’d love to check those out.

The drive to the Lake is full of rolling hills and gorgeous forest scenery. I really want to come back in the fall and enjoy all the pretty colors of the leaves changing.

Metamora, a functioning canal town with lots of shops and history, is just a few minutes away. Their Canal Days event is October 7-9 and would be a good time to explore the town.

Plan A Trip

It’s not too late to camp! The campgrounds at Brookville Lake and neighboring Whitewater State Park are putting on a Spooktacular Camping Weekend October 21-22. There will be campground trick or treating, live music, even a costume contest!

The Franklin County Welcome Center can also help you plan a trip to the area this fall and enjoy all it has to offer.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.