Lake Monroe recreation areas, trails closed due to storm damage

Tuesday’s storms that left a huge section of Monroe County without electricity and with downed trees and power lines affected areas near Lake Monroe, which may interfere with weekend and July Fourth holiday plans.

Downed trees and limbs cover the Paynetown State Recreation Area campground, shown here on June 26, 2024. Storms with straight-line winds tore through the area on June 25, 2024. The state recreation area is closed until at least July 2, 2024, according to state Department of Natural Resources officials.

Paynetown and Fairfax state recreation areas

Paynetown and Fairfax state recreation areas at Lake Monroe are currently closed with only restricted access, according to Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. On Thursday, there was no electricity at any of the state properties at the lake. Power may not be restored until next week.

At Paynetown, visitors will be allowed to enter the property only to launch at the boat ramp, rent a boat from Lake Monroe Boat Rental, access a boat docked at the marina or retrieve personal property from a campsite. Vance said no one will be allowed to use the beach or any other part of the area while there.

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