Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia

4.6
#18 of 43 in Wildlife in Indiana
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area is a state recreation area in Vallonia, Indiana. The 280-acre (110 ha) recreation area was created from part of the larger Jackson–Washington State Forest. The area offers fishing, swimming, hiking, and a nature center.
Starve Hollow Lake, which is part of the area, is very shallow as a result of sediment

entering the lake from nearby fields. Aquatic vegetation, such as lilly pads Nymphaeaceae and cattails among other types, covers much of the lake, especially in the northern and eastern areas of the lake. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish as well as channel catfish. The surrounding hardwood forests contain white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, eastern wild turkey, rabbit, quail, dove, squirrel, fox, coyote, and raccoon as well as many non-game species. Bald eagles have been seen during winter in recent years when the lake is ice-free.

There are two campgrounds at Starve Hollow. The main campground offers several waterfront campsites. The other campground is west of the lake and is designed for larger recreational vehicles.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced plans to drain the lake in the fall of 2008 in order to repair the dam and to eradicate gizzard shad which are detrimental to the fishery.
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  • We had a group of 6 adults. We had 2 rvs. The full hookup spots are large & easily accommodated our group. We were able to get together on one site for dinners & campfires. Some in the group fished...  more »
  • This is one of our favorite places to camp with a tent or with our pop-up. Many sites are right on the lake with easy access for kayaks or canoes. The campsites are all electric and not cramped. The....  more »
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  • I loved our beautiful view and overall the park was gorgeous. It missed a star because the shower facility was not handicap friendly. The handicap stall had no seating available, door for entry was not easily accessible for someone with walking devices, and I was told I wasn't allowed to park my vehicle near the shower facility even though I had placards. The camp host recommended that I used a smaller stall that had seating, however the water didn't come out well at all and there wasn't enough room for movement so that wasn't an option. Again, the camp was beautiful, the beach was clean, and boat rental was easy also. The kids had fun with the park equipment too. Had a wonderful time overall with our stay. Recommend, just prepare if you have a disability.
  • Wow this place is so awesome. We had a spot right on the water. Beautiful views during sunrise. Next time we will book a site closer to the beautiful beach. This is one of the few parks that allowed me to go roller blading due to the smooth roads/paths. (Old habits) I will be coming back this year. One of my new top 5 favorite places to camp.

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