Deam Lake (IN) State Recreational Area
Beach is open for 2020. No boat rentals during the week. Concession stand is only open Friday – Sunday. Bathrooms/showers are open.
Deam Lake is a hidden treasure for a day escape from Louisville to the BEACH! One thing that I am afraid of when it comes to the actual beach is the waves and my small children getting swept up. No worries about that at Deam Lake, it is very calm and relaxing!
Deam Lake is just about 20 minutes away from downtown Louisville and is very easy to find if you google the address. The beach area opens at 8am. We arrived at a little after 9am and it was completely empty. It was really nice to play when the sand was still cool and have our own “private” beach. When I got there I thought it was very dirty with trash everywhere, but it turns out that I was just there so early that they hadn’t been out to clean it up yet from the weekend. By 10am, there was no trash to be found and all of the trash cans were emptied. As state parks go, it looked fairly well kept.
There are many picnic tables all over. Some are in the shaded, wooded area up on a hill next to the beach and others are fairly close to the beach. There are also some charcoal grills.
All in all, it is definitely worth the short drive. I overheard some people talking about how nice it was to be empty compared to the weekend so I suspect you might have quite a bit of company if you go on the weekend. Have fun!
There is a per vehicle fee of less than $10 to enter Deam Lake – very inexpensive.