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Location and General Information

Hardy Lake Shale Bluff Campground Electric:

Hardy Lake is a state recreation area in Indiana, situated in Scott and Jefferson counties. The Shale Bluff Campground is a popular camping destination within the park, known for its electric hook-up sites that cater to RVs as well as tents.


  • Hardy Lake State Recreation Area
  • 4171 East Harrod Road
  • Scottsburg, IN 47170

Operating Season:

  • The campground typically operates from early spring through late fall. Check the latest updates on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website for specific opening and closing dates each year.

Reservation Information:

  • Campsites can be reserved online through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reservation system, or by calling the reservation line. It's advisable to book ahead, particularly for weekend stays and during peak seasons.

Amenities and Services


  • Electric Hookups: The campground offers electric hookups at sites, suitable for RVs and trailers.
  • Restrooms: Equipped with flush toilets and running water.
  • Showers: Shower facilities are available and maintained for cleanliness.
  • Dump Station: There is a dump station available for RV users.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Each campsite typically comes with a picnic table and a fire ring.


  • Boating: Hardy Lake has a boat ramp, and boating is a popular activity. Note that there may be restrictions or fees associated with boating.
  • Fishing: The lake offers opportunities for fishing. State fishing regulations and licensing apply.
  • Hiking: There are several trails suited to a range of abilities, providing scenic views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.
  • Swimming: The lake has a designated swimming area. Lifeguards may not be present.
  • Playground: Family-friendly facilities are available, including a playground for children.

Camping Rules and Regulations

Safety and Regulations:

  • Campsite Capacity: Typically, a maximum number of people and equipment is allowed per site. Check the specific rules for details.
  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol may be prohibited or allowed only at designated sites. Confirm the current regulations before visiting.
  • Pets: Pets may be allowed but are to be kept on leashes and supervised. There are usually rules about pet behavior and waste disposal.
  • Fires: Fires are permitted in designated areas like fire rings but must be attended at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: There will be specific quiet hours during which noise should be limited.

Know Before You Go

Tips and Reminders:

  • Reservation: Book your campsite in advance to ensure availability.
  • Check-In Procedures: There may be specific check-in procedures and times. Late arrivals should notify the park staff.
  • Local Wildlife: Be aware of local wildlife and store food appropriately.
  • Weather: Be prepared for weather conditions, especially sudden changes.
  • Bugs and Pests: Bring bug repellent and be prepared for mosquitoes, especially during warmer months.
  • First Aid: Always bring a basic first aid kit for emergencies.
  • Leave No Trace: Be sure to clean up your campsite and follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the area for other visitors.

Always check the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website or contact Hardy Lake directly for the most up-to-date information and any alerts or advisories before you plan your trip.

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