Pounds Hollow Recreation Area


PH Lake Dayuse

A picturesque setting, Pounds Hollow campground and lake are tucked away amongst the Shawnee Hills, where you can relax and get away from it all. Completed in the early 1940's, Pounds Hollow Lake is popular for the same reasons it was 60 years ago and continues to provide opportunities to picnic, fish, swim, camp and hike.


Pine Ridge Campground is located on the ridgetop above Pounds Hollow Lake and offers11 electric sites and 24 non-electric campsites, each with a picnic table, latern pole and fire ring with grill.  Water Hydrants and vault toilets are centrally located within the campground. Campers can either walk a trail or drive to the beach area at the lake.

Day-use Activities: At 25 acres, Pounds Hollow Lake is large enough to provide its many visitors some seclusion during their visit. This day-use area offers swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking. No public boat ramp available.  There are several lakeside picnic sites, plus a fishing pier and a large picnic shelter overlooking the beach. The skilled craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corpsmen (CCC) can still be seen today in the hand-cut sandstone foundation of the picnic shelter.
Only small boats and electric motors are allowed on the lake. The lake contains largemouth bass, channel catfish and sunfish. The tranquil surroundings of the area are a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the outdoors.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Electric campsites are now available at Pounds Hollow Lake - Pine Ridge Campground (20,30 & 50 amp). There are 11 electric campsites and 24 non-electric sites. 
Operational Hours: Pine Ridge Campground - April 1st to December 15th
Beach -  May to September
Lake Access Road and Picnic Area - April 1st to October 31st
Reservations: There are no reservations.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Pine Ridge Campground- $10/site
  1. Swimming allowed at the beach only.
  2. Picnic area is open 6am - 10pm. Beach area is open dawn to dusk.
  3. Pets must be leashed and are not allowed on the beach or in the designated swimming area.
  4. Use trash receptacles in developed areas. No glass or metal containers allowed on the beach.
  5. Camp only at designated sites.
  6. No reservations, campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  7. There is a maximum of 2 tents, 8 people and 2 vehicles allowed per campsite. A complete list of site regulations is posted on each bulletin board and at fee stations.
Closest Towns: Harrisburg and Shawneetown
Water: Drinking Water at Centralized Locations
Restroom: Campground has vault toilets; Picnic Area/Beach has flush toilet

General Information


From Harrisburg, take Highway 34/145 south 6 miles, then continue on Highway 34 south for 9 miles. Turn east onto Karbers Ridge Road and go 9 miles to the recreation area entrance road. From Evansville, IN., take Highway 62 west & continue on IL. State Route 141 to Highway 1. Go south on Hwy 1 about 24 miles to Karbers Ridge Road, then west 2 miles to the recreation area entrance road.

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Campground Camping

Pine Ridge Campground, located on the ridgetop above Pounds Hollow Lake, offers 11 electric campsites and 24 non-eletric campsites.  At this time the sites are not set up for RV camping.  Each campsite is equiped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole. Water sources and vault toilets are centralized within the campground. Campers can either walk a trail or drive to the beach area at the lake.


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Water Activities

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Camping trailer Length of campsites & tight turn radius of campground roads limits the size of trailers to under 25 ft.
Toilets Open Seasonally at Picnic Area
Accessible Picnic and Beach
Picnic tables Accessible Design
Parking At Lake
Tent camping
Interpretive Site at Picnic Shelter
Drinking water
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