Parks & Recreation


Least Tern border.


Cane Ridge is the perfect place to go if you want to get outside and get away from it all. Located in a remote area in Gibson County, there is a gravel parking area and a spacious observation deck with a ramp for bird and wildlife watching. This area attracts lots of waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and wading birds all throughout the year.  As home to the largest nesting colony of the endangered interior Least Tern east of the Mississippi River, this refuge has been recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area and included in the National Audubon Society’s Important Bird Areas in Indiana. With over  380 species of wildlife in our area, early mornings may be your ideal time to see wildlife in and around the river bottoms.This wildlife management property lies off the southwest corner of Duke Energy’s 3,000-acre Gibson Lake west of Princeton.

Driving Directions: (please be aware that you will be traveling on some gravel roads)

Turn south off IN-64 onto IN-65. Turn west on Base Road, then south on CR 850W. Turn west on CR 150S and follow it around the bottom of Gibson Lake to CR 1075W, then turn south (the only direction available). The Cane Ridge observation deck will be on the right.

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Located on East Brumfield Avenue in Princeton, the park offers playground equipment, a picnic shelter and an outdoor basketball court.

E. Brumfield Ave., Princeton, IN

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Club


The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Club of Princeton Indiana is a great place to fish, picnic, primitive camp, have a family reunion or just a quiet place to sit and watch nature. They have a clubhouse available to rent for members, and a lake stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. Boats  with trolling motors may be used
1283 East Conservation Drive
Princeton, IN 47670
(812) 746-7840 (leave a message)
or 812-664-4368
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Site of the Fort Branch Community Festival, the park includes baseball/softball fields, a picnic area, an enclosed shelter house and playground equipment.

E. Vine St.

Ft. Branch, IN 47648
(812) 753-3824


Named an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2005, the entire Gibson property consists of about 6,000 acres of reservoir, ponds, and wetlands. Gibson Lake itself is a 3,000-acre cooling reservoir with a surrounding levee and a 2-mile-long breakwater down the center. Because the warm water discharge keeps the lake from freezing in the winter, it often accumulates thousands of ducks and geese when the local lakes freeze. Located near the Wabash River on IN S.R. 64 west of Princeton, the habitat features a 160-acre wetland wildlife viewing area, a photographic blind, and two hiking trails near the Duke Energy main entrance.




Haubstadt Community Park is located off IN S.R. 68 southeast of Haubstadt The park offers picnicking, an air-conditioned shelter house by reservation only, an outdoor shelter house available without reservation, baseball and softball diamonds, playground equipment & 18 basket disc golf course.

To rent park facilities contact Judy Schmitt at 812-768-6021
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The Community Center may be rented for reunions, etc. and also has a playground located behind the Center.  For information, call 812-784-4500.



Located on C.R. 1050 East near Buckskin, the nature preserve offers 73 acres of old-growth forest plus a scenic hiking trail.


Gibson County’s first county park!

The land was donated by the Richard and Gwen Hopkins family to develop Gibson County’s first county park.  The park is located at the intersection of County Road 250 South and 750 East, 1.5 miles west of Interstate 69 and State Road 64 near Francisco, IN.

Amenities include a shelter house, six picnic tables, charcoal grills, and playground equipment. Development is ongoing and a 3- acre fishing lake is currently under construction. There is also a mile-long loop for hiking and biking, prairies and wetlands, a grassy clearing for field sports, Frisbee & restrooms. 


lafayette park
Lafayette Park, on the city’s north side, is the largest in the city. It features a fishing pond, shelter houses, a playground, an open general-purpose recreation area, a new Pickle Ball court, tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, and a stage for public performances.
The city swimming pool and splash park is adjacent to Lafayette Park, as is Kiddie Land, a playground for very young children and sand volleyball. Gil Hodges field, where the Princeton Community High School baseball team plays its home games, is also located on the park property.
West Spruce St.
Princeton, IN
(812) 385-4428



Montgomery Park features a playground facility, several pavilions for small or large group gatherings, and a nature trail used for walking or jogging..

200 N Church St., Owensville, IN





RV and tent camping-
69 Acre swimming lake, 32 RV campsites, primitive campsites, swimming in season, fishing and ice fishing, picnic areas, paved biking/hiking paths, a shelter house and a playground.
2205 S 1350 E Oakland City, IN 47660
From I-69 North take exit 33, turn right onto State Road 64, then right on County Road 200 South, then right on County Road 1350 East.
From State Road 64, turn right onto County Road 200 South, then right on County Road 1350 East
(812) 568-1390
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Located one mile east of IN S.R. 64 on IN S.R. 57, the Oakland City Golf Club is a nine-hole course that is open to club members and for public greens fees. The club also has a full-service restaurant and pro shop.

1593 S. West Street

Oakland City, IN




The recreation center is available for rental and the grounds include some playground equipment and Little League baseball diamonds.

2nd and Warrick St.

Owensville, IN 47665
(812) 724-4151


Prothonotary Warbler Bird
Pollinator Monarch
Located in southwestern Indiana, the Refuge offers residents and visitors alike a unique place to escape the stresses of the modern world and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, paddling, or hunting… there’s a place for you at the Refuge.

*New for 2022! Buck’s Marsh Boardwalk Trail! This graveled trail leads to a 120′ boardwalk into the marsh!
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area was established in 1994 in Gibson and Pike counties, along the Patoka River in southwest Indiana. To date over 9,000 acres have been acquired.
The focus of the refuge is the restoration of bottom-land hardwood forest habitats. As home to the largest nesting colony of the endangered interior least tern east of the Mississippi River, the Cane Ridge Unit is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area. Over 380 species of wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, the Federally endangered Indiana bat and the threatened northern copper belly watersnake reside upon the Refuge.
At least 20 plant species and 63 animal species considered as threatened, endangered or of special concern by the State of Indiana live within this river valley including a new species of burrowing crayfish verified in 2002, have been observed on the refuge. Hunting, fishing, environmental education, wildlife observation, photography, hiking, and canoeing. Open sunrise to sunset every day

Driving Directions:
Straddling Pike and Gibson Counties in Southwestern Indiana, the Refuge stretches 20 miles in an east-west direction along the lower third of the Patoka River.
It is located 30 miles north of Evansville, IN by way of State Road 57 and is adjacent to the small town of Oakland City, Indiana, along State Road 64 and Winslow, IN on State Road 61
(812) 749-3199





*Closed for the season*

Aquatic Center Features a Public swimming pool. Open flume & closed flume water slides, a deep well with diving board, a beach area with kiddie water features, and the splash park is free. Lockers, picnic areas, & concession stand.

Pool Hours: Open daily May-first week of August- 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Splash Park Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• General admission: $5.00
• Family of 5: $20.00 ($5.00 for each additional family member)
Season Passes:
• Individual 10-visit pass – $40.00
• Individual season pass – $60.00
• Family season pass – $220.00 (up to 5 family members)
Private Swim Lessons: $15.00 per half hour. To schedule, call the Pool Facilities Manager at (812) 632-8529
Pool Parties: – Call Janelle at the Mayor’s office at (812) 385-4428
• Non-private pool party – $150.00
• Private pool party (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – $400.00
• Private pool party (not-for-profit) – $250.00
• Corporate pool party – $2,500.00
Park Shelter Rentals: – Call Janelle at the Mayor’s office at (812) 385-4428
• Lafayette Park shelters 1, 2, 3, & 5 – $50.00 per day
• Lafayette Park shelter 4 – $60.00 per day
• Lafayette Park Lodge – $150.00 per day
• Lincoln & Southside Park shelters – $50.00 per day
Lockers are free
Concession stand: Soft drinks (Coke products), lemonade, Gatorade, water. Various candy bars & candy products. Little Debbie snacks. Prairie farms ice cream products. Casey’s pizza by the slice.

Princeton Shelter House Rental Fees

West Spruce St., Princeton, IN




Located on Old US Hwy 41 near Patoka, the nine-hole golf course offers both club membership and public greens fees. Driving range on-site.

2560 N Old Hwy 41




8 screen multiplex theater presenting popular, first-run movies.

2691 West Broadway, Princeton, IN
MOVIELINE: (812) 635-9102

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A popular sport where 2 teams of 3 or more play various game formats such as capture the flag; eliminating each other by using low powered CO2 guns to mark the opponent with a .68 round thin skinned paint pellet. The facilities currently have a PSP airball field, speedball field, hyperball field, fort field, town field, and woods field

HOURS: Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or later if needed.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

2413 W 50 N, Princeton, IN
812-386-7011 or 812-386-6827Facebook icon




The park includes 9 hole Disk Golf course, two softball diamonds, playground equipment, an outdoor basketball court, and non-lighted tennis courts. Shelter houses are also available.

850 S. Stout St., Princeton, IN



Wirth Park has two enclosed shelter houses, an open shelter house, and a new community center for reunions and other activities. Playground equipment and a sand volleyball court add to the fun!

The small shelter house accommodates up to 75 people and has a small kitchen.
The larger shelter house accommodates up to 250 people and has a warming kitchen.
Fire Department building accommodates up t 50 people

For information call (812) 749-3222

Located on IN SR 64 west of Oakland City, IN.

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Located two miles east of Princeton on Lake Seminole, this YMCA camp includes facilities available for rental.

2034 Lake Road, Princeton, IN