Tipsaw Lake Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leopold, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.6 miElevation gain328 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestLakeWildlife
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Please note that there are multiple trailheads that can give you access to the Tipsaw Lake Trail and some require a day use fee of $5/vehicle (April 15 - October 15). The trailhead marked in this map does not require a parking fee and can be accessed at no cost. Mountain biking the Tipsaw Lake Trail requires a Hoosier National Forest permit. For all up-to-date information please visit the area site here - https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hoosier/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=41498&actid=50

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Tyler Dixon
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still some snow. nice easy trail. the little creeks are coming back to life.

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John Peterson
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Tons of small streams, very nice, will come back.

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Trevor Webb
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Very Muddy, counting the mud, it was on the more difficult side. Also lots of fun water crossings. Surprised with the hunters and gunshots

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Nicole Rempfer
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HikingGreat!Muddy

My activity tracker put this at 6.75 miles, and I took the beach shortcut. I underestimated, and hiked about half of it in the dark; the trail is well maintained and moderately well blazed. It was very wet today but only one stream crossing went over top of my hiking boots... there are lots of stream crossings!

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Bart Bevers
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Marcia Fortune
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HikingGreat!

Great day hike. Will definitely do again.

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Brian Wildman
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First time here and tracked just at 6 miles. Nice day hike with minimal elevation gain which is what I was looking for today. Nice scenery in the winter but would imagine it to be pretty thick and over grown in the summer. No complaints from me.

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Laura DeLancey
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Lovely trail, crossed several tiny creeks, views of the lake most of the time.

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Kate Walsh
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HikingGreat!

Did the whole loop in mid October, lots of great leaf peeping. Pretty easy hike, clean trail and easy to follow, saw almost no one, dogs also enjoyed it! We cut through the beach/park which took off about a mile (estimate). Also where the all trails map took us was not the official entrance, but we were able to park in a little turn around there anyway.

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Mark Bsndy
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Nice hike and a pretty lake. We only saw 8 people and walked 6.5 miles. Relatively flat with little elevation and nice clear trails. No litter was also good treat. Recommended, relaxing hike.

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Kate Murphy
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It was nice. Easy going. Walked 6.5 and was a leisurely hike. Nice area

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Travis Higdon
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Adam Smith
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Trail is definitely not 5.6 miles. We cut the trail by going by the beach area and cut at least 1 mile off. Finished at 5.8 miles. Lots of little streams and washouts, not to muddy but no rain in a week. Use bug spray, and carry plenty of water. Due to COVID no water fountains at the beach area. We did this with a 6, 7, 8, and 13 year old. They were tired but really enjoyed the walk.

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Wood Booger
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BugsOver grown

This was a fun hike, it's actually longer than the listed distance. We ended up with about 7.75 miles. The bugs were thick. I got one tick and my girlfriend got two. I got bit by a spider somewhere? We ran into more webs than I can count. It was very quiet. We never saw another soul and we hiked on a Saturday.

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Betty Thompson
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Andy Johnson
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail a little muddy in spots and some ticks.

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Steve Seniour
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HikingMuddy

Trail was pretty decent. Not a lot of elevation change but lots of small streams to cross and 1 decent size one that we had to wade across. There’s also a lot of rocks/roots to maneuver around which is probably why it’s rated moderate. We’ve had a lot of rain recently which contributed to most of the muddy conditions.

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Melanie Hunter
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HikingMuddy

This was a muddy hike in a lot of places but I was expecting that with the rain. There were multiple muddy and rocky creek crossing...one did require getting my feet wet. There were pretty wildflowers along the way and all of the running creek beds were nice to see. Best done when drier.

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Daniel Foerster
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HikingMuddy

Camp two nights real quiet heard whippoorwills both nights

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Brian Peters
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HikingMuddy

Easy trail to follow not much elevation change,definitely need boots to keep your feet dry. Took us 3 hrs loges in at 6.2 miles.

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Aspen Burman
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Beautiful diverse forests! If it rained recently you may have to be extra careful not to get wet at the stream crossings.

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Sam Warren
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nice trail, good views of the lake and not too hard, mostly flat. has plenty of opportunity to see wildlife. I saw signs of fresh deer tracks, turkey, ducks, and lots of song birds. half surprised I didn't see an eagle.

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David Kitterman
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I did a winter hike around the lake on a clear sunny day today. The streams had good flow to them today and you had to be strategic in your crossing not to fall in while hopping the stones across. Trekking poles made the steam crossings a breeze. Trail in great shape. I hope that one day someone paints new blazes on the trail just to make it easy to follow. I would say you can’t get lost but you can get off trail in many areas very easily. All in all a great hike.

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Brian Liivak
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David Kitterman
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We had a recent light snow and it made the trail really stand out. Great walk around the lake, very easy trek. Had a little trouble with my recording, must have hit pause and missed 1/2 mile of re riding. Only criticism of the trail is that the blazes need to be repainted to make them stand out.

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Lauren Overbey
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Great hike, we saw lots of different wildlife and that kept the kids so entertained. The map seems to be way off though, when we checked our Garmin’s and Apple watches it was much closer to 7 miles. We went off the trail to the beach for lunch but there’s no way that added 2 miles.

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