Saddle Lake

Saddle Lake is perhaps the least appealing of the Forest Service lakes in Perry County, though crowds are minimal and access is free.

Saddle Lake


A two-mile loop trail follows white blazes around the reservoir. There is relatively little elevation change; the most “challenging” climb involves getting around the massive concrete dam.


The tread varies between dry stream bed, wooded sections, and more open walking, particularly around the dam, which can be unpleasant on a hot cloudless day.

The segments along the far side of the lake follow fingers and are low-lying but relatively dry. The return includes a segment of rather unappealing road walking.


Perry County. From the intersection of IN 37 and IN 70, west 1.9 miles on Old SR 37, right at sign; then 1.4 miles to parking area near lake and trailhead.

North 38 03.558 West 86 39.798
DeLorme 63:D8

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Pit toilets, primitive campground, shelter house.

Nearby Natural Areas

Buzzard Roost
Tipsaw Lake
Twin Lakes


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 215
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 118
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 396