Pyramid State Recreation Area

1562 Pyramid Park Rd

Pyramid State Recreation Area consists of heavily forested hills and many lakes and ponds. Southern Illinois University owned and used 924 acres for research, transferring the land to the state in 1968 for a State Recreation Area. Additional land acquisition, and the latest acquisition of the Arch Mineral Properties, and the purchase of the 520 acre Satellite area known as Campbell Pond bringing the total overall acreage to 19,701, making Pyramid the largest State Recreation Area in Illinois. The name derives from a coal mine that once existed here.

More than 500 acres of water form lakes varying in size from 0.1 acres to 276 acres. The largest lake on the property, known as Super Lake, is located on the Arch and known as the Captain Unit. Most of the lakes on the original Pyramid Site were created prior to 1950. Since many of the lakes can be reached only by foot, Pyramid affords an opportunity for the angler to get away from crowds.


Kenneth Ashley

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Awesome experience, the hole park is very good for any type of outdoor activities from hunting to fishing to hiking or just taking a break from the town life...

Nicholas Cunningham

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Beautiful land. Great hunting out here. The terrain isn't real rough so it's mostly easy walking.

Jerry Lohman

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

I went there to watch the Solar Eclipse and didn't have time to explore the park. It looks like a good place for most outdoor activities. I would definitely go back when in the area again.

Mike Koch

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Great place for hunting and other outdoor activities.

Carl Conway

Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017

Unfortunately the state of Illinois devotes the majority of tax dollars to Chicago and metropolitan areas leaving minimum funding for parks in southern Illinois! Pyramid Park is grown up with brush and weeds, roads are rough, and much of the park is closed for part of each year. Not a recommended destination for anyone from out of town as there's not much to do and the scenery is nothing close to it's former glory when the park was first opened and there was available funding!