Gulf State Park

Lake Shelby

Lake Shelby Picnic Area
Lake Shelby Lakeside View
Lake Shelby Boardwalk Over the Water
Lake Shelby Picnic Spot
Lake Shelby Picnic Table Area

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. 



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!

Lake Shelby also has a boat launch from this location.

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.


Lake Shelby is home to many types of wildlife including alligators. Please be aware at all times and follow these wildlife safety tips while camping.