Tipsaw Lake

Natural Areas: Tipsaw Lake

Tipsaw Lake

Tipsaw Lake. Click to enlarge

Most visitors are drawn to the 130-acre impoundment and associated facilities. A six-mile trail, blazed with dark yellow diamonds, circles the lake, beginning at a trailhead just inside the gate. I suggest starting in a southwest direction; that gets developed areas out of the way sooner. The trail gets more interesting after crossing the dam, and even 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.


Trail. Click to enlarge

Trail Map

trail map

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Perry County. From I-64 Exit 79, go south 5.1 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. (Fee)

GPS: N 38 08.176 W 86 37.576


Campground with showers and water

Finder Sketch

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Nearby Natural Areas (miles)

Two Lakes (6.3)
Saddle Lake (11.9)
Buzzard Roost (14.9)
Hemlock Cliffs (15.3)