Campground & Recreation Area

Tipsaw Recreation Area


Thanks for spending your Summer at Tipsaw Beach and Day Use area. As of September 5, 2023 the Beach and Day Use area is CLOSED for the season. Camping is still available through October 15, 2023.

20250 Tipsaw Lake Access Road
Branchville, Indiana 47514
Reservations CANNOT be made by calling the office. Call the reservation line 877.444.6777, use the reserve link below, or follow this step-by-step guide.
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Known as Southern Indiana’s “hidden beauty,” Tipsaw offers camping, fishing, boating, or just a relaxing day at the lake.

If you’re looking for the ultimate weekend getaway or summer vacation spots in Indiana, look no further than Tipsaw Recreation Areas. Located on beautiful Tipsaw Lake, the area offers the perfect opportunity to swim, boat, fish and picnic. Numerous hiking trails begin and include both Tipsaw and Indian-Celina Recreation Areas, offering you a moment of solitude within Hoosier National Forest. Be sure to check out the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial & Living Historical Farm, Wyandotte and Marengo Caves, and Indian-Celina Recreation Area, all located nearby.

For more camping a little further north, check out Hardin Ridge Campground near Bloomington!


Standard/Interagency & Senior Discounts


Standard Campsite (8 Persons & 2 Vehicles) — $21 / $10.50
Standard Campsite (Electric) — $28/$18
Standard Campsite (Electric & Water) — $31/$21
Double Campsite (Electric) — $44
Catbrier RV Sites (Electric & Water) – $31/$21
Primrose Group Site (Electric) – $70
Goldenrod Group Site (Electric) – $70

Paid Amenities

Each additional car —$5/day
Day Use — Parking (+$5 per extra vehicle) – $5
Day Use – Busses & Vans – $5 + $1 per person
Annual Pass/Day Use – $35/$17.50
Picnic Pavilion – $40

Season Passes

Season passes are available. Click here to purchase.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • Children’s Playground
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Modern Bath Houses
Things to Do…
  • Swimming and Boating
  • Hiking Trails
Please, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly so that your public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come!

Additional Information

What is your address?

Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area doesn’t have a physical mailing address.  To get here you will need to use “Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area” in your GPS.  If you use Tipsaw Lake it will take you to the cemetery or to the dam.

Do you sell firewood?

Yes, there are specific requirements to what wood guests can bring. A safe rule is anything that is Kiln dried or debarked is safe to bring into the forest.

What is the area like?

The Tipsaw Recreation Area is spacious and mostly shaded for tents and RVs.

What are the hours for the Beach area?

Beach hours vary based on the time of year. Generally the beach is open from from 9am to 7pm.

How big are the picnic shelters?

Some shelters are large enough to accommodate groups.

Why do we have to pay a day use fee?

As much as we wish that our area was free, your daily fee helps with improvements, new and improved sinks, commodes, water and electric expenses.  You are supporting the future for your children and grandchildren with a minimal $5 per carload.

  • Summertime Family Weekend Programs
  • Two Lakes Trail
  • Lincoln Boyhood Memorial & Living Historical Farm
  • Santa Clause, IN, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • Eagles Wings Zipline Tours
  • French Lick Casino
  • Wyandotte & Marengo Caves
  • Charles C. Deam Wilderness
  • West Baden Springs

Love the RV life?

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Being a campground host is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends and provide assistance and information to visitors.