Welcome to Carthage and we hope you enjoy our many park facilities and activities.

The Carthage Park District offers many different areas and activities.  Boating and fishing in Carthage Lake, camping at our campground, disc golf, a playground, shelter houses and a swimming pool at Jaycee Park on the west edge of town.  Joe Grate Sports complex, located on the north east part of town, has facilities for baseball, basketball, softball and tennis.  We also operate youth sports programs including baseball, basketball, softball, tee-ball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.  The park also has a wonderful 9 hole golf course operated by the Carthage Golf Club and for equestrian enthusiasts, the Hancock County Saddle Club has an expansive facility with a barn, riding areas and an arena.


Register now for the 2nd Annual Turkey Traipse around the Lake

It's back!  The Carthage Park District along with members of the 5AM Fit Club are pleased to announce the return of the Turkey Traipse 5k Fun Run/ Walk on Thanksgiving morning.  Join us for a fun and beautiful run or walk along the lake and through the park before you dive into that Thanksgiving meal.  Registration is open now online.  Click here to register and for more information.

Recreational Equipment Use Program

The Carthage Park District is pleased to announce a new Recreational Equipment Use Program.  This program gives the public access to sports equipment and yard games free of charge.  This equipment can be used at family gatherings, parties, campouts or just for backyard game night.

We have a variety of sports equipment and game available for use including Basketball, Soccer, Football, Tennis, Pickleball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Cornhole, Connect 4, Spike Ball, and Ladder Golf.

Click here for more information.



The Carthage Park District is pleased to announce the arrival of four new single seat kayaks that are available for rent.  Go to www.carthageparkdistrict.org/kayak-rental and reserve a kayak on our online reservation system.