Pyramid State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


Pyramid State Recreation Area near Pinckneyville, Illinois, is the largest Illinois Department of Natural Resources-managed site in the state. The 19,701-acre site contains more than 500 acres of water, including the 276-acre Summer Lake. Anglers looking for solitude often head here because many of the lakes are only accessible after a short hike. Canoers often use the boat ramps on the larger lakes to launch their crafts. This park is divided into two units, with deer and upland game hunting under managed conditions in the Arch Mineral part. This park is located 73 miles southeast of East St. Louis, 44 miles southwest of Mt. Vernon and 20 miles southeast of Sparta, Illinois. 

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Spring 46-67 F
Summer 65-87 F
Fall 52-75 F
Winter 26-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pyramid State Recreation Area

The scenery in this part of the state is gorgeous, so you will want to bring your RV and enjoy the great outdoors. If you do not have an RV, then rent one on RVshare.com

Lake Camp-a-Lot Campground

Fish in the lake at the 100-acre Lake Camp-a-Lot Campground, participate in special holiday programming and enjoy outdoor games. Rates start at $10 per night at this campground in Perkins, Illinois.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Fishing lake, hiking trails, outdoor games

Old Bates Campground

Old Bates Campground near Rend Lake offers year-round camping with many special and discounted rates available. Basic camping starts at $27 per day.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Fire rings

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What to Do at
Pyramid State Recreation Area

Inside Pyramid State Recreation Area

If you are looking for a spot to go fishing in solitude, then head to Pyramid State Recreation Area, where you often have to hike a mile or so to reach excellent bass fishing lakes. These same lakes make great places to launch a canoe. A special area at this park is managed for seasonal deer hunting. 

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How to Get to
Pyramid State Recreation Area

If you are in Pinckneyville, then head south on Illinois 127 South and turn right on Cottontail Road, which is also County Road 700. In about 2 miles, turn right on Galum Church Road and then left on Pyramid Park Road. Look up, and you are at the park. 

Entering Pyramid State Recreation Area

While some activities may have restricted hours, this park never closes. 

Pyramid State Recreation Area Per passenger vehicle : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pyramid State Recreation Area

Are pets allowed at Pyramid State Recreation Area?

Pets are allowed at Pyramid State Recreation Area. However, they must be leashed at all times. Aggressive behavior is not tolerated. You must also clean up after your pet and ensure they are not bothering other campers.

What is the best time of year to visit Pyramid State Recreation Area?

Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Pyramid State Recreation Area. During these periods, there are fewer crowds. This means that you will have better opportunities to enjoy uninterrupted views of the natural surroundings.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Pyramid State Recreation Area?

This part of Illinois is a habitat for wildlife like deer, geese, rabbits, beavers, woodchucks, and turkeys. If you are fishing in Pyramid State Recreation Area, you can expect to catch crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Pyramid State Recreation Area?

The park provides 54 campsites for RV guests. Every site is equipped with a grill and a picnic table. No hookups are available. There is a dump station near the main office.

Is Pyramid State Recreation Area accessible for disabled visitors?

Pyramid State Recreation Area is accessible to disabled visitors. There are handicapped parking spaces and picnic areas. Also, restrooms are ADA-compliant. There are designated boat docks that have accessible ramps as well.