Pihtipudas is a municipality of Finland.
It is located in northern Central Finland along the highway 4 (E75), about 140 kilometres (90 mi) north of Jyväskylä in the province of Western Finland. The municipality has a population of 4,492 (31 January 2012) and covers an area of 1,247.47 square kilometres (481.65 sq mi) of which 172.71 km2 (66.68 sq mi) is water. There are all together 140 lakes in Pihtipudas. Biggest lakes are Alvajärvi, Muurasjärvi and Saanijärvi.The population density is 4.18 inhabitants per square kilometre (10.8 /sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Pihtipudas is perhaps best known for the annual javelin carnival and Lauri "Tahko" Pihkala, the father of Finnish baseball. Putaanportti area offers plenty of services for travellers. Fish Art is a sales exhibition of taxidermic (mounted fish) – unique in Finland. Close to the service station there are shops – in a way factory outlets – specialised in sweets, leather bags and pottery products. Other tourist services are found in the central village and lakeside areas.