Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sundial at Tipsaw Beach

The Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area is located on the shores of the 131-acre Tipsaw Lake. It offers camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, hiking, biking, and some interpretive programs.

Click here for a downloadable flier with information and a map on Tipsaw Recreation Area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Open for hiking and other activities 24 hours/day year-round
  • Most campsites and picnic area open beginning April 15th until November 1st. 
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am 
Reservations: Campground reservations are required.
Fees Fees  are required for use from 4/15 - 10/31. The fees are:
  • 5/vehicle/day fee for day use in the area, or
  • An Annual permit for use of the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area can be purchased for $35. America the Beautiful Access and Senior discounts are honored. 
  • For pass holders, the annual fee is $17.50/year  for $2.50/day.  
  • Buses are $5 for the driver plus $1/person - no passes accepted.
Firewood is available (1 cu foot bundles) for $5.
Permit Info:
  • Passes are required for entry and reservations are required for camping.
  • A permit is required for riding mountain bikes on the Tipsaw Trail which is within the recreation area.
  • Indiana state fishing permits are required for fishing. 
  • Boaters are required to follow Indiana state boat operating and registration requirements. 
Other available recreation activities do not require a special recreation permit.
Open Season: Yearround for fishing and hiking
Usage: Light
Restrictions: A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground.
  • No hardwood firewood may be brought in to the recreation area unless it has been certified by the USDA.
  • Campsites must be occupied first night and subsequent nights thereafter. 
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Vault and Flush Toilet available
  • All visitors must purchase a daily use pass or annual pass for use during the recreation season (April 15-October 15).
  • You can view how to purchase as pass online or from the gatehouse when you arrive. 
  • Instructions are provided on-site if the gatehouse is not staffed.
  • Day passes and annual passes are good for use Hardin Ridge, Tipsaw Lake and Indian-Celina Recreation Areas
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry Concessionaires; phone 812-843-4890 (during recreation season only).

General Information


Located 6 miles south of Interstate 64 off State Highway 37. Turn at the large entrance sign. The recreation area is actually a couple miles down this road. Continue down the road to the gatehouse and the recreation complex. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 38o 11' 56.664"N, Long - 86o 35' 53.951"W

Recreation Map

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