Gulf State Park

Lake Shelby

Lake Shelby Picnic Area
Children Play in the Water at Lake Shelby
Picnic Area at Lake Shelby
Boardwalk Trail Over Lake Shelby
Yoga on the Shore of Lake Shelby
Lake Shelby Lakeside View

Picnic Area and 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 in Alabama State Parks. 




Lake Shelby offers a variety of amenities to make your outdoor adventures so much fun!


  • Boat launch
  • Kayak launch
  • Canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals
  • Swimming area
  • Picnic tables and grills
  • Restrooms



The rental office has kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards from Ike's Beach Service for you to rent and spend time on the water! If you bring your own kayak, we have a kayak launch on the shore of Lake Shelby for you to get in and out of the water easily!


We offer an expansive trail system at Gulf State Park. Take Lakeview Trail to explore the beautiful edges of Lake Shelby, or use the Lake Crossing bridge to reach the east side of the Park!


Check out our Dog Pond at Lake Shelby to have fun with your furry friends!


Special note: waverunners and jet skis are not allowed in Gulf State Park Lake Shelby for safety reasons.


Gulf State Park is home to many types of wildlife, including alligators. Please be aware at all times. For detailed information, please see our Wildlife Safety recommendations.


Art & Culture

Ballyhoo is a Fine Arts festival and cultural exchange held every spring in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 2020 kicked off it's first year at Lake Shelby and featured artwork from local artists, delicious food, a banjo and fiddle competition, hands-on art activities for kids, ambassador animals from the Park, live music, and performances by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Check out a video clip from this year's festival below!