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 offers 13 electric sites and 22 non-electric campsites, each with a picnic table, latern pole and fire ring with grill.  Water spigot is located at the campground entrance across from pay station.  20, 30 & 50 amp at electric campsites. 

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 is 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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Pounds beach will be closed August 1st for maintenance.
Operational Hours: Campground - March 15th to December15th
Beach -  May to September
Lake Access Road and Picnic Area - March 1st to November1st
Reservations: We do not accept reservations; Campsites are first-come, first-serve.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Campsite $10/night - 8 people & 2 vehicle max.
Restrictions:
  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: Karbers Ridge, IL 62955
Water: spigot is at campground entrance
Restroom: vault toilets; Picnic area/beach has flush toilets
Information Center: Forst Headquarters (618) 253-7114

General Information

Directions:

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.

From Evansville, Indiana: Take Highway 62 west & continue on IL. State Route 141 to Highway 1. Go south on Highway 1 about 24 miles to Karbers Ridge Road, then west 2 miles to the recreation area entrance.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Pine Ridge Campground, located on the ridgetop above Pounds Hollow Lake, offers 13 electric campsites (20,30,50 amp) and 22 non-eletric campsites. The Campsites are not large enough for RVs.  Be aware that Loop One's turn around is narrow and not wide enough to accommodate vehicles pulling RVs.  Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole. Water source is at the entrance of the campground; Vault toilets are centralized within the campground loops. Campers can either walk a trail or drive to the beach area at the lake.


Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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Amenities

Picnic tables Accessible Design
Drinking water
Interpretive Site at Picnic Shelter
Toilets Open Seasonally at Picnic Area
Parking day parking at Lake
Tent camping
Accessible Picnic and Beach
Camping trailer Campsites & turn radius of campground roads limit truck & trailer size to under 25 ft.
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.614723

  Longitude : 
-88.27361

 



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