Yellowwood State Forest 'Tecumseh' © Michael R. Johnson
Forest along the Tecumseh Trail
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Yellowwood State Forest
Yellowwood State Forest
© Copyright 2007 Michael R. Johnson


Forest along the Tecumseh Trail

Yellowwood State Forest
'Moonlit Pine Trees'
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Yellowwood State Forest
'Yellowwood Lake'
© Copyright 2007 Michael R. Johnson


Yellowwood Lake as seen from near a campsite.

Yellowwood State Forest
'Flower at the lake'

This shot was taken at the top of the man-made dam with my Blackberry.

Yellowwood State Forest

There is beauty everywhere in Yellowood

Yellowwood State Forest
© Copyright Kurt Bauer

Yellowwood State Forest
'The Lake at Yellowood'

This picture was taken early summer 2010.

Yellowwood State Forest
'Hiking in Yellowood '

Excellent hiking trails in Yellowood

Yellowwood State Forest
'The spillway at Yellowood'

After a hard rain

Yellowwood State Forest
© Copyright Kurt Bauer

Yellowwood Lake

Yellowwood State Forest was created in 1940 when federal land was leased to the State of Indiana. Theland was deeded to the state in 1956. Prior to that time, the Civilian Conservation Corps and WorksProject Administration completed three lakes, a shelterhouse and a residence, all presently in use. Othersuch buildings were sawn from the forest in kit form and shipped to other public properties.

Over 2,000 abandonded and eroded acres were planted to pine (red, jack, shortleaf, white and scotch), black locust, black walnut, white and red oak. Red and white pines are the true northern pines and are still in good condition. The other pines are succumbing to insects, disease and extremely cold winters.

Yellowwood Lake was completed in 1939. The 133-acre lake is about 30 feet deep.

Yellowwood State Forest, along with several other state properties, has gained parcels of landthrough the Indiana Heritage Trust Program. In 1994, 30 acres slated for the construction of aradio tower were purchased and became part of Yellowwood State Forest. A 36-acreinholding adjoing a nature preserve was purchased and added to Yellowwood in 1995.
GeneralLand, acres23326
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Launch Rampsyes
CampingPrimative, #80
 Horsemen Campsites, #10
 Walk-In Campsitesyes
Primitive (Class C) campsites are centrally located within the forest and around Yellowwood Lake. Seethe fees page for a list of camping fees. There are 80 designated campsites south of the Forest Office anda carry-in tent site area north of the office. Vault toilets and drinking water are available near thecampsites. Two playgrounds are located within the campground area.

A Class C Horsemen's Camp with 10 sites is located south of the primitive campsites, and is convenientto the many miles of horse trails that wander through the forest. Please register for camping at the ForestOffice. Camping reservations are not taken.
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
44.3 miles from park*

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There are picnic areas and one picnic shelter available for day use. Picnic tables and grills are located atmost picnic sites.
Hiking Trails

Jackson Creek Trail - 1.5 milesSelf-guiding interpretive trail. Traverses a variety of terrain and forest types. Trail begins 3/4 mile north ofthe Forest Office. Booklets are available at the Forest Office and trailhead. Wheelchair accessible toJackson Creek.

High King Trail - .5 miles Steep trail cut through a heavily forested hillside. The trail leads up to a scenic view, returning to startingpoint along the same path, and connects with the end of Scarce of Fat Trail. Trail begins below dam about1 1/2 miles from the Forest Office.

Lake Trail - 4.5 miles This trail loops completely around Yellowwood Lake. The trail uses several segment of other marked trailsso caution to follow the right trail is needed. The path also requires you to navigate a shallow streamcrossing. On the west side of the lake you will pass through an area that has been designated as OldForest and will one day take on the characteristics of Old Growth Forest.

Scarce O' Fat Trail - 4 milesSome parts follow fire trails, so watch for trail markers. Begins just north of High King Trail along road tothe spillway.

Tecumseh Trail - 36 milesThis trail follows the proposed national Tecumseh Trail route that was to to span from Florida to Canada.The trail begins near the head of Panther Creek. The trail ends 36 miles later at the Morgan-MonroeOffice. Trailheads are located near Crooked Creek Lake, the north boat ramp at Yellowwood Lake, atPrange Pond on Dubois Ridge Road, at Bear Lake and at the Morgan-Monroe office. Camping isallowed in the backcountry area along the Low Gap Trail, at the north end of Yellowwood Lake, andwhere the trail begins/ends at the Hoosier National Forest. Flooding may block several sections of trailduring wet weather and potable water can only be found at property offices.

Resource Management Trail - 1.5 miles Self-guiding interpretive trail. Brochure available at Forest Office. Trailhead across the road from theoffice.

Horse Trails (Horses allowed only on marked bridle trails.) An annual horse use tag is required. "Y" Horse Trail - 8.6 miles Starts and ends near Horse Campground. "SY" Horse Trail - 4 miles This shortcut creates a 4-mile loop on the Y Trail. "W" Horse Trail - 2.4 miles This trail is accessible off Crooked Road just south of Highway 46. The trail connects with Brown County State Park trail system. "Z" Bill Jack Horse Trail - 4 miles Starts at Horse Campground - traverses west side of lake and along Scarce of Fat Trail. "X" Brock Road Horse Trail - 2 miles Starts on Brock Road - connects to Bill Jack Trail.

Area Attractions
Yellowwood State Forest is close to Brown County State Park, the quaint village of Nashville,T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Monroe Reservoir, and Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site:
44.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 4 the lake by ken dixon/ frankfort indiana
it is now july 4th, we were at yellowwood the week end of june 23 and 24th the lake looked fine, they were catching fish by boat rental area, we sure do love this place, we go every chance, camp in our pop up,we have a shower in it and water is close by. GREAT, place for family fyn
June 29 nice camping spot by dave
Just spent the weekend at yellowwood lake.the lake is full again and seemed much is ok, nothing major in there and never really has. All and all its a very enjoyable place
June 27 Yellowwood Lake is Back
They have finished the dredging on the north end of the lake. The water levels are back to normal.
June 22 Damn is completed by Npasch
The damn is completed. Been there three times this year ( 2011 ).
March 27 nice park
can anyone tell me whats going on with the lake? did they ever drain it? I appreciate any help
August 5 What in the world? by Shadow
Was here in July 2010. The renovation of the lake-drained and dredging seems to have completely stalled? I hope they can fix this because beautiful Yellowwood lake is no more:(
October 8 A Tradition
My dad started taking me there in 1964-the old days Went many times in college Natural Resource Major at Ball State. One of a kind - next-to nature-in cognito experience in the area.a place you remember even when you move on. Will be back this Fall to experience/appreciate. A must experience!!!!!
September 14 AWESOME!!
Living in Indianapolis, this place is a great getaway form all the comotion. Great father-son time place!!
May 27 Wow by Wayne
Too many people! stay away. I want the place to my self!!
May 27 Great camping by Morrie Atkins
We go to yellowood campgrounds everychance we get even if it is for 1 night we spent memorial weekend there and did not want to leave. Only thing that is lacking there is showers other than that we love it there

Area Campgrounds

Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
5163 SR 135 N
Bean Blossom, IN

Lake Monroe Village Resort
8107 South Fairfax Road
Bloomington, IN

Last Resort RV Park & Campground
2248 East State Road 46
Nashville, IN

Westward Ho Camping
4557 East State Road 46
Nashville, IN

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site:
44.3 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
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69.7 miles from park*
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