4171 E. Harrod Road
Scottsburg, IN 47170
5620 N. Hardy Lake Road
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Hardy Lake advisories
- BOAT RAMP CLOSURES: Hardy Lake has again been drawn down and boat ramps closed as property staff resume long-term repair projects on the ramps. These repairs will make it safer and easier for visitors to launch watercraft and enjoy their time recreating at the lake. The Carmel and Wooster boat ramps are closed now. The Alpha and Sunnyside ramps are likely to close the first week of November. Though the repair timeline is uncertain, the lake will be raised to normal pool and boat ramps will reopen by the beginning of the 2023 recreation season.
- BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORY ALERT: Swimming and boating permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink lake water where algae are present. More information about blue-green algae.
- TRAFFIC DETOUR: State Road 203 will be closed July through October 2022, between S.R. 56 and S.R. 256, to complete a bridge replacement project over Stucker Fork in Scott County. S.R. 3, to the east of S.R. 203, will be used as the main detour route connecting S.R. 56 and S.R. 256 while S.R. 203 is closed. Please check back for updates.
Events in the next seven days
2,178.16 acres - 741-acre lake
Hardy Lake is the only state reservoir not created for flood control. This means that the lake level stays stable year-round, positively affecting the appearance of the shoreline, fishing and wildlife living there. The property is a multi-use facility offering hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, camping and more.
Hardy Lake is surrounded on all sides by limestone and rocky bluffs, caves and great fossils, but the property has only slate and shale exposure.
Hardy Lake is the only DNR property with a raptor rehabilitation center. This center cares for injured birds of prey (raptors) and educates visitors about Indiana’s hawks, owls, falcons and vultures.
Water safety matters! If you use one of our big reservoirs for swimming, fishing, boating or skiing, check out Bobber the Water Dog, brought to you by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Archery Range
- Basketball Court
- Open Playfield
- Boating / 4 Launch Ramps
- Fishing / Ice Fishing
- Fishing Pier
- Hiking Trails
- Interpretive Services
- Picnicking / Shelterhouse
- Swimming / Beach (Policy)
Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab
- Electric / 149 sites - Shale Bluff
- Primitive / 15 sites - Wooster
- Dumping Station
- Campground Reservations
- Local map
- Raptor Center
DWIGHT CHAMBERLAIN RAPTOR CENTER
Hardy Lake SRA is home to the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center. The Center takes in injured and orphaned Hawks, Owls, Eagles, and Falcons for the purpose of rehabilitation and release. The Center is also home to 12 permanently-injured Birds of Prey that are used for educational programming throughout the State.
The rehabilitation center at Hardy Lake has been in operation since 1989 and is the only State-owned raptor facility in Indiana. Though owned by the State of Indiana, all costs for medical care, food and supplies are paid for through donations to the 501c3 not-for-profit group Friends of Hardy Lake.
The Interpretive Staff at Hardy Lake travels throughout the State of Indiana with permanently-injured birds of prey. The Naturalists often do programming for schools, scout groups, camps, churches, and private events. The Raptor Center is not regularly open to the public.
- Make a Donation: To make a donation and help the mission of the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center, visit the Friends of Hardy Lake website at friendsofhardylake.com
- Live Bird of Prey Interpretive Program: If you are interested in a live bird of prey interpretive program for your event, you can reach the Raptor Center at (812) 794-2244.
Note: For trail locations, view the property map under the MAPS tab.
Outward Bound (2.05 miles) MODERATE—This trail takes you into a typical stand of Indiana hardwood trees. You will see both an oak-hickory and a beech-maple climax forest. This trail will also allow you to view some of the beautiful backwaters of Hardy Lake.
Cemetery Trail (.77 mile) EASY—This trail takes you through an oak-hickory climax forest. The McClain Cemetery is a major point of interest on this trail. This family cemetery has headstones dating to the 1700s.
Island Trail (1.91 miles) EASY—This trail branches off of either the Cemetery Loop or the Outward Bound Loop. Points of interest include beaver cuttings along the shoreline, wildlife food plots, and several areas along the island that overlook the lake.
Honeysuckle Trail (.64 mile) MODERATE—This trail connects Shale Bluff campground with the beach. Passing through different stages of succession, you will be able to see a managed pine grove, cedar thickets and tulip poplar trees, as well as a mature forest. Through one section, due to tornado damage, you will even be able to see nature in the act of repairing herself.
Lakeside Trail (.52 miles) MODERATE—This loop presents a beautiful view of Hardy Lake. Several bird nesting structures are located along this trail. This trail will also pass by a colony of Allegheny (or mound-building) ants that are always hard at work. This is also a great trail to hike at night to see fireflies and foxfire, and hear an owl hooting.
PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS.