Trail access at Lake Shelby still open during renovations
The entire Lake Shelby area of Gulf State Park will be fenced and closed to the public for the duration of the renovation process. However, trail access near the lake will remain open throughout the project. The renovations are expected to be completed by summer 2021. Enhancements will include a modern playground with three areas for different age groups, separate small and large dog parks with covered seating and water fountains, new bathrooms, an improved parking area, a new tram stop, and a bikeshare station for public use within the park. During the improvements at Lake Shelby, four additional projects will begin in other areas of the park. Additional parking will be constructed north of the fishing pier parking lot. A parking area and tram stop will be constructed across from the middle beach walkover where South Campground Rd. intersects East Beach Blvd. Additional amenities will be added at the Beach Pavilion to accommodate volunteers, staff, weddings and other events. Lastly, traffic signs will be updated throughout the 6,150-acre park.