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About Morse Reservoir

Morse Lake is located in northern Hamilton County, Indiana, 20-25 miles north of downtown Indianapolis.  The town of Cicero , with a population of 4000 sits on its northern shore.  Its southern boundaries are in the 'Harbors' of the city of Noblesville.

Morse has 1500 acres of water, 35 miles of shoreline and is 7 miles of navigable water from Little Chicago road in Noblesville to the bridge at state road 19 in Cicero.

Two parks offer free access to the water.  Red Bridge park is located on the west shore at the 236th street (or Jackson street) bridge in Cicero.  This park offers boat slips for rent, a club house, gas for your boat and the Cicero Public Swimming pool.  Unfortunately, you can't swim in the lake or launch your boat here.

Morse Lake Park is owned by Noblesville and is located at the dam on the east side of the lake.  Travel state road 19 north out of Noblesville and head west on 196th street.  The road ends at the park.  During the summer months, supervised swimming in the lake is provided and year-round picnicing is allowed.  Shelters can be rented.  The park is 20 acres in size and offers excellent views of boaters and skiers.  Fishing is excellent along the shore and by the dam. 

Morse lake marina is located on the east side just north of the Carrigan Road Bridge.  This is the only access for boat launch.  It will cost you only to launch your boat.  Getting it out is free, but you'll soon discover the cost to put it in MUST contain the cost to get it out.    Residents have learned that between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday are best left to visitors on the lake.  Grab a chair and watch the comedy.  They'll disappear just a quickly.  There's nothing like a quiet ride after work on WEDNESDAY.


The History of Morse Reservoir

Morse was constructed in 1956 as the 3rd reservoir of water for the city of Indianapolis.  The other two lakes are Geist and Eagle Creek.  Morse offers deeper water than Geist and does not have restrictions on boating, as does Eagle Creek.


The reservoir created a 1,500 acre lake which has a storage capacity of 8.3 billion gallons. The reservoir is 7.5 miles in length and varies from 0.3 to 1 mile in width. The earthen-fill dam is 2,962 feet in length and the open crest spillway is 550 feet long and the bottom of the dam is 370 feet wide. The top of the dam is 57 feet above the valley below. During periods of draught, the reservoir water is released into Cicero Creek. This helps maintain a sufficient water flow to meet the demand at the White River treatment plant located 15 miles to the south.

Morse Park was leased to Hamilton County Parks and Recreation (HCPR)  in 1972, totaling 15 acres located in Noblesville along Morse Reservoir. A bathhouse and swimming beach were constructed along the reservoir to offer water recreational activities. An additional 8 acres of land was donated to Hamilton County Parks for Morse Park by a private corporation making the park a total of 23 acres in 1983.

For the first 15 years of the reservoir's existence, the water company did not allow others to acquire any of the property it owned around Morse Reservoir. But starting in 1971, IWC began a program of residential real estate development and started selling lots through a subsidiary, The Shorewood Corporation. The 32.5 miles of shoreline were developed into waterfront residential neighborhoods which forever changed the Noblesville and Cicero communities.


In 1995, HCPR purchased the park property, obtaining full ownership of the property. Osprey Pointe Pavilion was added to the park as a waterfront recreational facility in 2004.

in March 1943, the water utility determined that the city of Indianapolis still needed an additional source of water supply, especially during periods of low precipitation. The water company decided that damming Cicero Creek in northwest Noblesville Township would be the answer. After acquiring the necessary land, construction on Morse Reservoir began in 1953 and was completed and placed in service in March 1956.


Things To Do

Morse Park and Beach - With the surrounding trees, hills, and Morse Lake, it is an ideal location to play! This 23-acre park boasts an 18-hole disc golf course. Morse Park is also home to the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department's spring and fall softball leagues. For more information about the softball leagues, visit our Softball page.

Shop Downtown Noblesville - Over 50 specialty shops, including antique malls, collectibles, coffee shops and restaurants have helped restore luster to the square around the old courthouse in downtown Noblesville. 

Potter's Covered Bridge - Potter's Bridge Park features the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County, and is surrounded by a 66-acre park. Constructed between 1870-1871 by Josiah Durfee, and restored in 1999, the bridge serves as the centerpiece of Potter's Bridge Park.

Conner Prairie - Conner Prairie is a large, open-air living history museum made up of five distinct historic areas, a modern museum center and over 1,400 acres of natural beauty. Conner Prairie's mission is to serve as a local, regional and national center for education and activities exploring the lives, times and values of the 1800s in America.

Red Bridge Park  - Located on the north west side of town along Morse Reservoir.  The park consists of walking paths, pool, playground equipment and outdoor restroom facilities. The Red Bridge Marina is also located within this park.

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