Love the outdoor life? Is fishing, boating, swimming and hiking important to you? If so, you will love a Raccoon Lake home for sale in for Parke County. This pastoral area is just east of Rockville on Highway 36 in west-central Indiana includes the Cecil M. Hardin Reservoir and State Recreation area (commonly called Raccoon Lake after the State Park located there). It’s a special place in the Hoosier State. And, situated nearby in a picturesque woodland setting are dozens of homes just waiting for the right owners.
You’ll find covered bridges, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails, quaint restaurants and one of the country’s largest festival in the Rockville Lake area. .It’s an ideal area for families and singles who love having access to outdoor activities. And, there are plenty of great Raccoon Lake homes available to savvy buyers at reasonable prices.
Native forest and large rock outcrops line the upper part of Big Raccoon Creek. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of the creek for flood control. The area is comprised of 4,065 combined acres of land and water, has all the modern amenities but allows for an escape into the backcountry. If you own a Raccoon Lake Home you’ll have a daily escape.
The Cecil M Harden reservoir is a beautiful body of water offering a multitude of angling opportunities. If you just want to relax with a boat ride, the 2,060-acre lake is plenty large enough to allow for pleasure boating. Numerous coves are available for anchoring and swimming and many Raccoon Lake homes have their own docks.
If you find a Raccoon lake home off the water, there are five public boat ramps.
The reservoir has an average depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 70 feet. There is good access to the water for both shore and boat anglers. If you find a Raccoon lake home off the water, there are five public boat ramps. It’s easy to find a location to launch your boat.
Raccoon Lake is home to numerous species of fish including crappie, bass, catfish, bluegill, perch, walleye and carp. This reservoir is one of only a few in the state that offers walleye fishing. You can often catch them at dawn and dusk along the breaks and drop-offs of the lake.
Living in a Raccoon Lake home means life is never dull. A recent phenomenon occurred at the lake where upwards of 400 migrating pelicans were spotted earlier on the lake. The local interpretive naturalist counted more than 400 of the birds. Normally American white pelicans typically winter in coastal areas and nest inland in the prairie pothole region of North America (this is the Dakotas and into central Canada).
These pelicans are different from the brown pelicans which stay in coastal areas year round. The white pelicans’ normal migration pattern is usually further north in Indiana. This year is the first that these birds have been to Raccoon Lake. If you buy a Raccoon Lake home you’ll be able to see this remarkable migration.
The closest town to the Raccoon Lake area is Rockville. It’s the county seat and known as The Covered Bridge Capital of the World, It has a population of around 2,500 and a median age of 44.8 years.
The first white settler in the county was James Adams. He settled near Little Raccoon Creek. No other settlers arrived until 1821. That person was Aaron Hand. He built a hut just big enough to hold a bed and table.
Before the town of Rockville existed the area was known as Ray’s Tavern. Named by Andrew Ray who built a double log house/tavern in 1823. The area included 1000 acres and a nearby rock. In 1824 when the area was officially named the county seat a more suitable name was needed. Someone looked around, spotted the rock and a town was born. Within two years Rockville was doing well and several shops were built.
Raccoon Lake home owners who are history buffs can stop by the Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion and the Rockville Historic District which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also visit any of the 31 famous covered bridges of Parke County.
You can also visit the nearby Historic Mansfield Roller Mill which is a preserved, working example of industrialization at the turn of the 20th century. It is an almost complete and unchanged example of flour mills from the 1880s. Mansfield also has a historic covered bridge you can see.
Raccoon Lake Homes are perfect for Covered Bridge Festival
In mid-October Mansfield is the center of a huge ten-day festival called the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. The towns of Mansfield and Bridgeton come to life during these 10 days when thousands of people descend on Parke County. You’ll be within minutes of this festival if you buy a Raccoon Lake home.
The Bridge Festival takes place in nine communities and celebrates all 31 of the county’s covered bridges. More than 2 million people visit the festival every year. The festival began in 1957 when a group of local women decided to hold a three-day festival for tourists looking for information about the bridges. It was originally only held in Rockville. Your Raccoon Lake home will give you a front-row seat for many of the activities.
Raccoon Lake State Park also offers all kind of delights. From fireworks displays to pontoon boat rentals, this state recreation area offers camping, boating, beach swimming, picnic areas, hiking trails and nature programs. A Raccoon Lake home gives you access to all these activities and events.
The Raccoon Lake Recreation area is located on S.R. 36 and is within a 45-minute drive to either Crawfordsville or Terre Haute. Greencastle and Brazil are only about 20 minutes away. A Raccoon Lake home gives you all the access you want for hiking, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. It also is close enough to cities with hospitals, chain restaurants and other amenities. The best of both worlds can be yours.
This country area is nestled between Indianapolis and Terre Haute in a county that has everything from covered bridges, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails, great recreational areas to quaint restaurants. It’s an ideal area for families and singles who love having access to outdoor activities.
Today, valuable real estate and reasonable prices make this lovely pastoral area a place to call home. A spot where you can fish in a lake, attend a festival, walk in the woods or cruise a lake in your own boat, Raccoon Lake houses are great homes.