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About Cecil M Harden Lake
In Parke and Putnam Counties

Cecil M. Harden Lake has been described as a naturalist's delight, spanning 2,110 acres with 35 miles of shoreline, there is more than enough room for you on this lake.

Wooded areas dotted with wildflowers, nuts, berries, and mushrooms line the lush shore.

Cecil M. Harden Lake is also known as Raccoon Lake by many of the locals.

Along with Cecil M. Harden Lake, Parke County is best known as the "Covered Bridge Capital of America." There are a total of 35 covered bridges dotting the countryside that date back to 1865 through 1921.

Live Leisurely or Fast-Paced

Cecil M. Harden is the perfect-size lake for people looking to live a life of leisure or one full of adrenaline. Boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and nature watching are all popular activities enjoyed by those on Cecil M. Harden.

Anglers will enjoy casting their line in for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, striped bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, and walleye. Trout fishing is also available in season in the tailwater area.

On the western shore of the lake rests The Raccoon State Recreation Area. This area offers an archery range, boat ramps, horseshoe pits, picnic areas and group shelters, a swimming beach, boat rentals, and volleyball courts. The walking trails are hard to beat as the view of the forest is truly breathtaking.

Local Events and Attractions

In October, Parke County holds an annual ten-day Covered Bridge Festival. Visitors come from all over to appreciate the unique covered bridges while eating tasty food, browsing local art, and taking a walk in the fall foliage.

Suppose you can't make the festival, no worries! The Covered Bridge Art Gallery is open year-round for those looking to appreciate the history behind these spectacular feats of architecture.

Stop by the local antique and thrift shops and find the unique piece your closet has been missing.

Find Your New Home Here

Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or a vacation rental, Cecil M. Harden Lake is an excellent choice.