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Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA)

1588 S. Raccoon Parkway

Native forest and large rock outcrops line the upper part of Big Raccoon Creek. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of the creek for flood control. The lake also provides recreation, wildlife management and economic benefits. A variety of fish, flora and fauna can be viewed at the property.

Nearby Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is a preserved, working example of industrialization in Indiana at the turn of the 20th century. This 1880s flour mill uses machinery from that time to show visitors how flour and cornmeal were processed from wheat and corn. It is an almost complete and unchanged example of flour mills from this time period.


Rachael H

Monday, July 30, 2018
This is a beautiful park about an hour or so west of Indy. There is a small beach and swimming area, lots of picnic areas and trails, and camping. The park itself is beautifully wooded and the lake is pretty. This is a great place to take the family for a day of fun (or a weekend!) Entry cost is $7 per car. I would recommend a visit here!

Dana Weber

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
We had a blast, we went up to go swimming as a group with a three year old and she loved it. The beach wasnt packed and there was room to spread away from other group of people. The showers were nice to rinse all the sand off of us after we were done and parking was easy to find. Snack area was great too very well priced. All of us had fun when the toddler

Patrick Moran

Monday, July 16, 2018
Primitive camping has good sites, and park and facilities were very clean and accessible. Enjoyed the fishing dock near the boat ramp. Also the camp store has you covered with what you may need supply wise. Great place to be.

Holly Baumer

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Indiana's DNR is amazing. This place has everything! Camping, swimming, hiking, boating, and a camp store on site. They don't call it Raccoon Lake for nothing, though. Lock up any scrap of food, garbage, and medicine. They're all over at night, especially. Kudos to the friendly, helpful park employees. They have a clean, beautiful place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Doug Anderson

Monday, June 25, 2018
Great recreation area. We brought my in-laws out to play with the kids at the beach. Beach is nice. Coarser sand, not the fine silica sand of the gulf coast, but it's also not 12 hrs away! Fish we're nibbling at us. No lifeguard while we were there. The water only has turbulence after a boat goes by.

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