Tipsaw Lake

Tipsaw Lake is a 130+ acre impoundment with associated facilities.

Tipsaw Lake


A six mile trail, blazed with dark yellow diamonds, circles the lake, beginning at a trailhead just inside the gate. I suggest heading southwest to start with; that allows you to get the developed areas out of the way first.


After passing the campground, boat ramp, beach, etc. you’ll cross the dam – use some DEET, as I picked up the worst case of chiggers in my life here - and move into somewhat more remote territory.

Though there’s a bit of road walking, the trail shares part of its tread with the transcontinental American Discovery Trail. This is my favorite part of the hike – remote and pleasant, through gently rolling woods.


Perry County. From I-64 Exit 79, go south 7.1 miles on IN 37, then right at the prominent sign; continue 2.0 miles to the trailhead, or 2.1 miles to get to the property’s main road.

North 38 08.176 West 86 37.576
DeLorme 63:C8

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Campground with showers and water.

Nearby Natural Areas

Buzzard Roost
Saddle Lake
Twin Lakes


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 212
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 117
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 425
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 394