Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia

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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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  • This is a small (285 acres) SRA near Seymour, Indiana. The past year or so, it's been a Facebook sensation due to the fabulous lakeside camping pictures. We hadn't been here before, so we decided to.....  more
    This is a small (285 acres) SRA near Seymour, Indiana. The past year or so, it's been a Facebook sensation due to the fabulous lakeside camping pictures. We hadn't been here before, so we decided to.....  more »
  • We have stayed at Starve Hollow 3 times, once this year and twice last year, Very clean. Many lake side spots. Great fishing and kayaking. 
    We have stayed at Starve Hollow 3 times, once this year and twice last year, Very clean. Many lake side spots. Great fishing and kayaking.  more »
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  • Small but lovely park. Campgrounds were very nice and well kept. The shower houses were maintained well. Lake was small but good for fishing, canoeing, wildlife pictures, and kayaking. Probably would not swim at the beach because the water was not clear enough for my preference. The staff here is extremely friendly and helpful.
  • We spend a lot of time here! Not to many places you can camp right on the lake! They always have activities going on. U can swim, fish, kayak ,Jon Boat, there is play grounds, hike, ride bikes. They have a little boat house to rent boats and have bait and snacks! It's very clean and family oriented! Best place to spend the day swimming or over night camping! The camp sites are nice size and shades in most areas! The have just electic hook up witch is on the lake and close to it or they have water/electric sites that are farther away from the lake but all in walking distance of the lake! We are there now

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