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4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401

http://on.in.gov/monroelake
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Winter Exploration Hike at 1:00 p.m.

  • Sign up at http://bit.ly/weh-jan24-2022
  • Registration required by January 20.
  • Free, but limited to 10 people.
  • Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • Exploration Area: Eel Creek

Our Winter Exploration Hike Series features off-trail hiking through lesser-known areas of Monroe Lake. These are exploratory in nature so there is no “set” path; we’ll have a general route in mind, but plenty of freedom to veer off as things of interest catch our eyes. Hikers should be prepared for the possibility of rugged terrain, lack of formal toilet facilities, and lots of fun!

As this hike falls during our Eagles over Monroe special event week, we’ll be hiking to where the first hacking tower was constructed at Monroe Lake for the bald eagle reintroduction in the late 1980s. Few people are aware that there was once a hacking tower on Eel Creek, as it was used for just two eagle releases before being abandoned in favor of a better location at Northfork.

Note: Given our special destination, this Winter Exploration Hike has a smaller maximum size limit (10 people, instead of 20) and a longer expected time frame (3 hours, instead of 2) than the other hikes in this series. Round-trip distance is expected to be around 4 miles, over moderate to rugged terrain; this particular hike is not recommended for slower/inexperienced hikers.

Registrants will be sent an email with driving directions to the exact meeting location and additional details at least one day prior.

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