Lake Shelby and Picnic Area Pavilions

The Picnic Area includes a swimming area on Lake Shelby, several charcoal grills, public restrooms, picnic tables, and two covered pavilions. The pavilions are perfect for small group outings, family reunions, birthday parties, and more. Rentals are available 7 days a week (except major holiday weekends to include July 4th, Labor Day, and Memorial Day). Pets are allowed in the Picnic Area, but must be leashed. No alcohol is allowed within the Picnic Area. 

Visit our Gulf State Park Welcome and Recreation Center to rent bikes, kayaks, paddleboards

Bring your dog to our lakeside dog park- The Dog Pond


Lake Shelby is home to many types of wildlife including alligators. Please be aware at all times. Please see Alligators in Gulf State Park


To reserve one of the picnic pavilions please check the date you are interested in on the calendars below, if your date is available please fill out the paperwork below and return to and we will then call you for payment. Please note that the reservation is not confirmed until we receive both the paperwork and the payment. 

Front Picnic Pavilion Reservation Calendar

Back Picnic Pavilion Reservation Calendar 

Gulf State Park Picnic Pavilion Paperwork

Rental Information

Rental times are from 8am to sunset
Capacity of 50 guests
Rental rate is $55 per pavilion (plus a $3 entry fee per vehicle)
Includes the use of 4 to 6 picnic tables and a charcoal grill



Fishing Permit Information
Permits are not required for cabin and cottage guests. Permits can be purchased at Park Headquarters. An Alabama State Fishing License is required. There are different regulations in place for Pier fishing.

Fishing Permit Fees

  • Daily: $2.00
  • Monthly: $7.50
  • Semi-annual: $17.50
  • Annual: $35.00

Additional Fees

  • Boat launch fee: $3.00
  • Pavilion rental: Click here