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Discover the Amazing Diversity of Birds at Picturesque Lake Monroe

Looking for a fun and educational birdwatching journey at the picturesque Lake Monroe? Search no more and join us for a delightful morning of birding in this birding haven nestled amidst lush state and national forest lands. This Lake Monroe birding adventure offers a wonderful opportunity to observe a diverse range of migratory birds in their natural habitat. You can see and hear songbirds in trees along the shore while ducks and eagles are possibilities out on the lake including the majestic Bald Eagle! This is a great learning experience for all levels of birders so get booking and get birding – we can’t wait to meet you!

Tour Highlights

Look for magnificent Bald Eagles soaring overhead at Indiana’s largest lake!

Spot a huge diversity of warblers, vireos, and flycatchers during spring and fall migration as they forage in trees along the edge of the lake

Join this great tour and find both common and rare species of migrating waterfowl

Learn about the unique characteristics and behaviors of the numerous migratory bird species that frequent the lake throughout the year

Capture breathtaking photographs including loons using the lake during migration and some even during the winter (Private Tour recommended)

Create lasting memories with fellow bird-lovers

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Public Tour Price


Private Tour Price

$200/group – extend a private tour to a full day (6-8 hours) for $300 total.

Tour time

Mornings are best, but afternoons can be good too

Meeting point

In Bloomington. The exact location will be communicated via email.


All year


4 hours

Group size

  • Public tours – 3 to 5 guests
  • Private tours – No minimum or maximum for private tours, but my vehicle can only hold up to 5 guests. For larger groups, a caravan is possible if guests are willing to drive their own vehicle. Walkie talkies can be used for communication between vehicles.


  • Transportation
  • Use of binoculars
  • Spotting scope

Not included

  • Snacks
  • Drinks

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Your own binoculars or scope
  • Phone/camera

About your guide

David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding, will lead this trip. David has over 25 years of birding experience and loves to share his joy for birding.

What to Expect

Following our short drive from Bloomington, we will spend the morning looking at and learning about the birds that are drawn to the lake. Lake Monroe serves as a magnet for migrating birds throughout the year so we will visit different State Recreation Areas around the lake and possibly other local hotspots too. Songbirds can be seen in trees along the shore while ducks and eagles are possibilities out on the lake. After a day of spotting, learning, and photographing we’ll head back to Bloomington happy, hopefully!

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