Lake Shafer - Monticello, Indiana

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Pirate's Cove Resort
4770 E Harbour Ct
Monticello, IN 47960-1256
(304) 584-3328

Area Attractions

Indiana Beach

The amusement park Indiana Beach, on Lake Shafer, has more than 45 amusements, snack bars, games, arcade machines, restaurants, lounges with entertainment and dancing, water slides, and a ski show.  There are two new roller-coasters that rival those of marquee amusement parks around the country.  Other rides and games give Indiana Beach a clean carnival atmosphere.  Many people enjoy its unique location along the lakefront of Shafer.

Lake Shafer

Lake Shafer is one of two manmade lakes in the Monticello area.  Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman comprise what is known as the "twin lakes".  Lake Shafer is know for its record-size black bass and hybrid bass.  Lake Shafer covers approximately 1400 acres, and the lake has a maximum water depth of 30 feet. On the lake are the Norway and Oakdale hydroelectric dams. 

Boating:  Lake Shafer Boat Rentals, just a block away from Pirate's Cove, has skiboats, pontoons, and waverunners for rent.  Both establishments can gas up your personal watercraft as well.  Multiple launch ramps are available nearby Pirate's Cove for personal watercraft.  Water-skiing and tubing are common on the lake.  There is an idle law after dusk.

Crooked Creek Horseback riding

Whyte Horse Winery

Fishing:  Fish on Lake Shafer include bass, wipers, catfish, carp, crappies, bluegills and muskie.  Many guests fish directly off the docks at Andrews on the Bay.  Some bring their own Bass boats and search out the fish from one of the many coves on the lake.  There's a bait shop just off the back of our property.

Swimming:  If you don't mind a mud bottom lake, swimming is allowed in Lake Shafer which is known to get up to a balmy 80 degrees in mid-summer.  Of course, you can always swim in the Pirate's Cove pool which is heated and maintained at the proper chemical balance to produce safe-crystal clear waters.



Movies:  Monticello has very reasonable rates at their first-run movie theater.  There is also a Drive-In theater in town for the old-school.

Restaurants:  Seafood or steak is excellent at both Riverside and the Indiana Beach Skyroom restaurant.  Good authentic Mexican food can be found at "La Fiesta".  There's plenty of fast food in town as well.

Night-life:  The Roof Garden Lounge at Indiana Beach is open late and has live bands throughout the summer.  Lake Freeman offers the Madam Caroll, the largest licensed Coast Guard approved inland watercraft in the State. The Madam Carroll offers live entertainment for dancing and listening pleasure.


There are two golf courses in town.  Pine View is a public course that is fairly long and wide open.  Watch out for a few tough holes on the back nine.  Pine View also has a lighted Par 3 course that can be played day and night.  Tippecanoe Country Club is one of the state's finest courses and is available to the public as well.  There are a number of holes that share the shoreline of Lake Shafer. 


Creative Clutter:  So many interesting antiques and nick-nacks that many a woman has wasted an entire day at this store just up the street from Pirate's Cove.

Summer Shop: Find trendy beachwear at Indiana Beach's Summer Shop.

There is a Kroger, Walmart, K-Mart, hardware store, drug store, and many other common establishments in town


The Indiana Beach campground which borders Andrews on the Bay, has water slides, mini-golf, an arcade, batting cages, and a very original bank-shot basketball game.  Also in town are 2 different go-cart racing courses, one of which is walking distance from Andrews on the Bay.  

Wolf Park is south of Monticello. The park offers weekend visitors an opportunity to observe how wolves and bison live. On Sundays there are live demonstrations of predator-prey interaction.

White County

White County is named after Colonel Isaac White, one of the fallen heroes in the historic Battle of Tippecanoe. The battle took place just a few miles south of Monticello.


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Monticello, Indiana 47960-1256