Hoosier National Forest


Camping opportunities within the Hoosier National Forest in Perry County run the spectrum from primitive to highly developed with electric hookups at the site and showers in nearby bath houses.

Reservations for individual campsites and picnic shelters in the Indian-Celina Lakes and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Areas can be made by calling the National Reservation System at 1-800-280-CAMP, (TTY is 1-800-879-4496). See Fee Sheet for current reservation cost.

National Forest Reservation information is available on the World Wide Web. The website lists how many reservable sites are available by date. The information is listed by campground/loop name only. The information is at http://www.netbiz.net/~nrrc/main.html

Occupancy is on a first come, basis, unless previously reserved.

Facilities vary in their accessibility to people with disabilities. Please call the Tell City Ranger District office for up-to-date information on accessibility. Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586, phone 1-812-547-7051 or TTY 1-812-547-6144.

Holders of Golden Age and Golden Access passports will receive a 50% price reduction for services except the electric surcharge for camping and the reservation fee.

An RV dump station with potable water is available free of charge on the east side of state road 37 across from the entrance to the Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area.

Swimming beaches may be found at Tipsaw Lake and at German Ridge Recreation Area.

See price sheet for current fee information for parking at Tipsaw and Indian Celina Lakes Recreation Areas, payable at the entrance gate, except campground occupants. An annual pass is available, see price sheet for current prices. The annual pass is good at either recreation area. All parking areas and boat ramps are open year round. There are no parking fees after 10/15.

Boat ramps are available at Celina, Indian, Tipsaw, and Saddle Lakes as well as Mano Point, located in Derby, IN on the Ohio River.

Camping is also allowed anywhere on National Forest land unless posted to the contrary.

The maximum stay limit at any site whether developed or dispersed camping is 14 days.

Camping Areas

German Ridge
Hemlock Cliffs
Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area
Saddle Lake Trail
Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area