Tippy Dam State Recreation Area

1500 Dilling Road
Brethren, MI 49619


Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River is a world-class fishing hotspot. It offers year-round fishing opportunities for species such as trout, walleye, steelhead, and salmon.

A 38-site rustic campground and one rustic cabin are within walking distance of the river. The campground overlooks the Tippy Dam Backwaters, which offer a variety of recreational activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

The Recreation Passport is required for entry in all state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trail heads, and boat access sites. To get your Recreation Passport , Michigan Residents just check "YES" on their license plate renewal form. Non-residents can purchase a Recreation Passport online or at the State Park/Recreation Area. 


Cross-Country Skiing


Hiking: The North Country Trail is located one and a half miles north of the campground. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.

Paddlesports: Located on the Big Manistee River.


Winter Camping


Boat Launch

Fishing Pier: Accessible to the Manistee River just below Tippy Dam Hydro Dam. Fall is great for salmon fishing and spring for steelhead fishing, open year round.

Picnic Area

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