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 within the Picnic Area. 


Check out our Dog Park 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.


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 email it 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 8:00 am to sunset
Capacity of 50 guests
Rental rate is $57 per pavilion 
Includes the use of 4 to 6 picnic tables and a charcoal grill


Front Pavilion 

Lake Shelby Front Pavilion View

Back Pavilion

Lake Shelby Back Pavilion View