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 in Perry County, Indiana. It offers camping, picnicking, seasonal swimming, hiking and biking.  Amenities include a beautiful swimming beach with playground equipment, a modern bathhouse, and a boat launch. The beach and bathhouse are open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Beach opens 7/2/20
Operational Hours: Open for hiking and other activities year-round. 
  • Camping loops are open April 15 through October 15.
  • Campground quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
  • Beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting
Reservations: Camping and shelters
  • The picnic shelter and some campsites sites may be reserved online or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 
  • Some sites are only non-reservabe and only available as first come, first served. 
  • A three day reservation window is required. All sites, cabins, and shelter may be available as a walkup site if not reserved within that time period. 
Fees Day Use Fees
  • Required from April 15 through October 15.
  • $5/day for each vehicle 
  • Buses are $5 for the driver plus $1/person  (no passes accepted)
  • Annual passes available
  • Discounts available for access, senior, and military pass holders. 
Camping Fees;
  • Primitive sites - $20/night
  • Electric sites - $27/night
  • Electirc and water sites - $30/night
  • Double sites - $40/night
  • Double sites, with electric- $43/night
  • Cabin rentals -$50/night
  • Campsites are allowed one vehicle. $5/night for extra vehicles
  • Access and senior pass holders for receive half-off discount on primitive and single sites.
  • $30/day during recreation season
  • Includes day-use fee for one vehicle
  • No discount for Access or Senior Pass holders.
Permit Info: Trail Use
  • Mountain biking on the Tipsaw Trail requires a Hoosier National Forest trail permit.
Fishing and Boating
  • Indiana state fishing permits are required for fishing. 
  • Boaters are required to follow Indiana state boat operating and registration requirements.
  • Indiana state hunting permits are required for hunting.  
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Use
  • The Tipsaw Trail is biking and hiking only.   
  • No glass containers or pets allowed on the beach
Firewood Restrictions 
  • No hardwood firewood may be brought in to the recreation area unless it has been certified by the USDA.
  • Processed lumber is also acceptable except no pallets may be brought in to burn. 
  • Dead and downed wood may also be collected for fires. 
  • USDA certified firewood may be purchased at the campground for $5 per bundle.
A complete list of US Forest Service rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards in the campground, as well as being provide upon check-in at the recreation area. 
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Vault and Flush Toilet available
Passes: Day-Use and Annual Passes
  • Day-use or annual passes are required April 15 through October 31 and are available at the gatehouse, or instructions provided if gatehouse is not staffed.
  • Day-use and annual passes may be used at Hardin Ridge, Indian-Celina, and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Areas. 
  • Day-use and annual passes do not cover separate camping fees.
Interagency Passes
Operated By: FIND Outdoors

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. 

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Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

The 131-acre Tipsaw Lake has been touted as one of the best pan fishing lakes in southern Indiana. The lakes offer many miles of shoreline and tranquil coves for fishing.

Fishing MethodFishing pole with bait or lures
Water TemperatureDepends on season.
Accessible Platformnone
Fishing Platformnone
Fish SpeciesVariety of panfish and bass
Fishing Modeboats or shore
Cleaning Stationnone
Water/Flow LevelWater fluctuates with rainfall and seasons.


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