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Tippy Dam
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Tippy Dam is located in Michigan
Tippy Dam
Location within the state Michigan
Location Dickson Township, Manistee County, Michigan
Coordinates 44°15′36″N 85°56′25″W / 44.26009°N 85.94014°W / 44.26009; -85.94014
Opening date 1918
Dam and spillways
Impounds Manistee River

Tippy Dam or Tippy Hydro was built 1918 and is a hydroelectric dam operated by Consumers Energy. The original name of the dam was Junction Hydro, but it was renamed to honor a Consumers board of directors member, Charles W. Tippy. The dam spans the Manistee River about 170 miles from its headwaters which include Manistee Lake, on the river's way to Lake Michigan.

Recreation uses

Tippy Dam State Recreation Area is managed and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a state park. Just below Tippy Dam is one of the finest trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing areas in Michigan. During the fall salmon run anglers line the banks shoulder to shoulder trying to catch king salmon that can weigh well over 20 pounds.


The hydro spillway chamber at Tippy is used by about 24,600 bats during the summer for roosting, swarming in the fall, and hibernation in the winter.


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