Picnic Areas/Shelters

at Sam A. Baker State Park

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shaded picnic areaPicnic tables with grills sit beneath shade trees in the day-use area of the park and near the playground. Some sites are accessible. Restrooms are available in the picnic area.

Picnic Shelters

Get your family or a group of friends together under one of the park's three picnic shelters. Occupancy is 75 people per shelter.

  • Shelter #1 is in the day-use area and can be reserved for $50 per day. It is available for use and reservation year-round. This shelter is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Shelters #2 and #3 are north of the Big Creek bridge and can be reserved for $50 per day and are available May 15 through Oct 31. Both shelters are accessible to people with disabilities; however, the vault toilet near Shelter 2 is not accessible.

picnic shelter nestled under treesIf not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 573-856-4411.

*Shelters can be reserved online from 30 days to 12 months in advance of the day of use. Reservations for arrival dates less than 30 days out can be made only by contacting the park.


There is a playground located at the day-use area.