Hoosier National Forest

Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area

The Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area is a tranquil get-away in the north end of Perry County just 3 miles south of Interstate 64 off State Highway 37. The recreation area contains Celina Lake (164 acres) and Indian Lake (152 acres) and it offers camping, electric motor boating, fishing, hiking, and access to prime hunting areas.

This area is operated by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, a not for profit association whose mission is in part to improve National Forest recreation areas and to expand interpretive programming. Most of the fees charged will be returned directly to the recreation areas.


Indian-Celina includes 63 individual sites divided into two loops. Each loop contains centralized water, flush toilets, hot showers, and a recharge table for electric motor batteries. A selection of single or extra large, electric or non-electric sites are available in this shady campground.

The campground is open from 4/1 to 12/6. A maximum of two vehicles and 8 persons are allowed in single sites, and 4 vehicles and 16 persons in extra large sites. Some sites may be reserved by calling the National Reservation System at 1-800-280-CAMP (TTY is 1-800-879-4496). See price sheet for current reservation cost.

Tent pads, tables, fire rings with grates, are available at each site and pets are allowed but they must be on a leash or otherwise restrained.

Information on the campground and site availability may be gotten from the entrance gate Recreation Resource Management Manager 812-843-4891. Information about general Forest activities and and facilities may be obtained from the Tell City Ranger Station, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586, phone 1-812-547-7051, TTY 1-812-547-6144 or fax 1-812-547-6144. Some brochures and maps may be obtained from the Hosts at the entrance gate.

Camping Fees

See price sheet for current cost information.

Day Use Fees

See price sheet for current fee information for per day parking fees at the entrance gate, except to campground occupants. An annual pass is available which is also good for the Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area. All parking areas and boat ramps are open all year round. There are no parking fees after 10/15.

Picnic Sites

Picnic tables are provided near the boat ramp on Indian Lake.

Boating and Fishing

Indian and Celina Lakes are two of four fishing lakes along State Highway 37. Only oars, paddles, and electric motors are allowed to maintain the tranquility of the area. These lakes are extremely popular for bass and panfish. Boat ramps are open year-round. An accessible fishing pier is available on Celina Lake.


Celina interpretive trail (1 mile) is located behind the Rickenbaugh House listed on the National Historic Register. It is an easy 45 minute walk which offers scenic views of Celina Lake as well as information about the Rickenbaugh House, Native American life near rock shelters, and plant and animal communities.

Two Lakes Loop National Recreation Trail (16 miles) encircles both Indian and Celina Lakes. This trail has been designated one of Indiana's Watchable Wildlife sites. Wildlife openings are maintained along the trail and the road into Indian Lake to enhance viewing opportunities for deer, turkey, quail, and many songbirds abundant in the area. Spur trails marked in orange access the main trail which is marked in white. These spur trails make it possible to do shorter segments of the trail but you should plan on 4-5 hours if you intend to hike half of this Congressionally designated hiking only trail.

Rickenbaugh House and Cemetery

This sandstone block house was built in 1874. Though the home's interior is closed to the public due to safety concerns, efforts are underway to try to restore this home listed in the National Historic Register. The house and cemetery are points of interest and a separate information sheet on the Rickenbaugh House is available. [More Info]

Other Services

There are groceries, boating, fishing, swimming, bait and tackle, and other trail systems a short drive from Indian-Celina. Many other services such as churches, hospital, dining, and shopping may be obtained by a 15-20 minute drive into some larger communities.