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Overview & History

The Ellis Lake Retreat is about 45 minutes southwest of downtown Indianapolis and 20 miles north of Bloomington between the Morgan-Monroe State Forest and the Putnam-Owen State Forest. This 107 acre property, which includes 30 acres of water, was originally developed in the 1950’s by Ellis Trucking. Over the last 5 decades, it has been both a corporate and a private getaway. Great fishing, wooded hiking trails, and a professional skeet range have all been part of the rich history of the property.

In 2005, we purchased the property as a private family getaway. We made major renovations to existing facilities and added the landing strip, corporate hangar and meeting center, the campground shelter, shower house, and screened game room. It is a new season in our lives and we are now making this amazing property available for others to enjoy. ~ Bryan & Caryl Anderson

Lodging / Activities


Guests of the main cabin enjoy pristine water views from every room. Wake up in the morning to your favorite beverage and book and head out on the cantilevered deck for a sunrise and a connection with nature that will clear your mind and rejuvenate your soul. Stay connected to your family and friends in an oversized kitchen with plenty of counter space for prepping or serving that next great meal. Enjoy the big game or a family movie in the large Great Room with indoor fireplace, luxurious leather sofa’s, HD DirecTV and Bose surround. At the end of your day, kicking back under the stars by a roaring outdoor fire redefines the word relaxation. Music and conversations never sounded so full.

DSC_0053If you are looking for a romantic getaway weekend for two or a quiet place to finish your great american novel,  “T-Bear’s” cabin is perfect.  Bringing the family is not a problem, it can handle 4 with the pull out couch.  A full kitchen and bath, along with a cozy living / dining area with full stone fireplace provide great ambience. This charming guest cabin allows you a little extra privacy if you are part of a larger group staying across the lake.  It has a screened in porch and it’s own dock right next to one of the best fishing holes in the state.

DSC_0993Come one, come all to the corporate hangar.  Whether you are watching the big game, the US Open, or your own corporate video,  the 106″ big screen in the hangar or the boardroom will certainly captivate your audience.  The amenities include a full size refrigerator, dishwasher, 3 full baths with granite countertops throughout.  The 4 bunk rooms accommodate up to 13 guests, all in air conditioned comfort.   Wake up to fresh coffee, juice and a continental breakfast complete with waffle irons to satisfy your team’s hungry appetites.

IMG_1864The bonfire and the smores salute the moon to the east and sunset to the west. After enjoying a day full of water, a day full of games, a day full of friendship and a day full of memories, great conversations abound as the day winds down. It will soon be time to find your tents… but wait, perhaps one game of capture the flag on your own private grounds.  No other campers to awaken, no other souls to disturb, it truly is a camping experience like none other.

Enjoy this entire property for a weekend, full week, or more...





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