Parks & Recreation

Pinckneyville City Lake

The Pinckneyville City Lake is a 190 acre lake located north of Pinckneyville on Illinois State Route 127. Paved roads guide you west from the highway to the lake facilities which include asphalt parking lot, concrete boat launch ramp and dock, a handicapped fishing pier and reservable, handicapped accessible picnic pavilions located at the hilltop and lakeside. Other picnic areas with tables and charcoal burners dot the acreage. Handicap accessible restroom facilities are also available. This lake is a fisherman's delight. An 18-inch, one bass daily size limit on largemouth bass is a rule for this 10-horsepower limit lake, but you may find nearly half of the bass in excess of legal size per DNR reports. The lake also has catfish, crappie, bluegill, and other fish species. Boats are welcome but must adhere to the "no wake" rule. The lake is under DNR Regulation. The are no camping spaces at the lake. Call 618-357-3505 for information.

City Park EntrancePinckneyville City Park

Many local citizens know the Pinckneyville City Park as the Perry County Fairgrounds. But in truth the "Fairgrounds" is owned and maintained by the City of Pinckneyville. The City Park offers playground equipment, a six-tenths mile asphalt walking path, baseball and softball diamonds, picnic pavilions, basketball, roller blade, tennis courts and pickle ball courts, and a swimming pool. Restroom facilities are on site. The City Park has five pavilions and the exhibition hall for rent as well as several camping spaces with water and electric hookup available.

The park is home to many events including demolition derbies, the Perry County Fair, Family Night in the Park, two annual American Thresherman Association shows, an Auto Parts Swap Meet, and much more. Call 618-357-3505 for information and pavilion/camping space reservations.


Bender Municipal Swimming PoolCity Pool

Named in honor of former Pinckneyville Mayor, Jake Bender, the Bender Municipal Swimming Pool annually opens Memorial Day weekend and closes mid-August. The pool is open to the public and is located at the intersection of County Road and Fairground Road at the Southeast corner of the City Park. The facility is handicap accessible, offering shower facilities, swimming lessons, water aerobics sessions, a water slide and concessions.

The pool is available for rental for swim parties. Private pool parties are held in the evening from 8:30 pm-10:00pm and must be scheduled 1 week in advance.  Pool rental is $100 plus $1 per swimmer.    Pool passes are not valid for private parties.

Beginning May 29, 2023, you may contact the Pool Manager at 618-571-3875 for more information on purchasing a pool pass, scheduling a party, or to enroll for swim lessons and aerobics.  

Pool hours:

Open Session Swim:     noon – 4:30 pm and 6 pm – 8:20 pm Daily.
(Closed on Swim Meet nights.)

Adult Swim Sessions:   10:30 am - 12:00 pm    Monday - Friday

Water Aerobics:             Contact Pool
Call 618-571-3875 during the season for more information on Water Aerobics and Swimming Lessons.


Adults (Ages 12 & Up)                      $6.00 per session ($4.00 after 6pm)
Children (ages 4 - 11)                        $4.00  per session ($3.00 after 6pm)
Toddler/Baby (ages 3 & Under)   FREE  (must wear a swimsuit diaper or plastic pants with a swimsuit)

Season Passes:

Family Pass (up to 5 immediate family members)       $135.00 + $10 for each additional family member
      (Must provide names to be on pass at time of purchase)
Adult Pass (ages 12 & up)                                                           $80.00
Childs Pass  (ages 4-11)                                                               $70.00

NOTE:  During Open Session Swim Hours, Children under the age of 9 will not be admitted unless accompanied by someone age 13 or older.

Pinckneyville Public Library

The Pinckneyville Public Library is housed in a modern, attractive, pleasant, well-equipped structure at 312 South Walnut Street. Modern lighting, air-conditioning, comfortable reading tables and chairs, and a wide assortment of reading materials attract adults, children and students to the Library.  Hours: Click Here

312 South Walnut Street
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
(618) 357-2410 Fax (618) 357-2410

Pyramid State Park

Pyramid State Recreation Area consists of heavily forested hills and many lakes and ponds with a  total overall acreage of 19,701 making Pyramid the largest State Recreation Area in Illinois.  It received it's name from the coal mine that once existed there.  More than 500 acres of water form lakes varying in size from 0.1 acres to 276 acres. The largest lake on the property is known as "Super Lake" located on the Arch acquisition of 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.  There are 16.5 miles of foot, horse, and biking trails.

1562 Pyramid Park Rd.
Pinckneyville, IL 62274