A city can't exist without water, and Lake Lemon was the primary source of water for Bloomington from 1953 until the late 1960s. Today it serves as a recreational spot for local residents and visitors alike.
Following the construction of Lake Monroe, Lake Lemon was no longer the primary source of water for Bloomington. Due to the financial burden of an unused water supply, in the late 1980’s the City of Bloomington started to look for a group that would be interested in managing the reservoir. In response, lake residents Earl Eberle, Larry Ritter, and Bud Howard formed the Lemon Conservancy District (LLCD) in 1995. The LLCD is comprised of volunteer directors of Lake Lemon landowners and is responsible for stewardship of the lake. In the Spring of 2010, the LLCD purchased the required equipment to manage a dredging and shore line stabilization effort called the Lake Lemon Restoration Project.
The lake is known for its rich nutrient conditions which provide an ideal habitat for many aquatic plants. The most abundant species include American lotus, cattail, and spatterdock.
Since 1985, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released 73 bald eagle chicks, resulting in an increasing number of sightings at Lake Lemon.
Lake Lemon is known as one of Indiana’s top bass fisheries.