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Walnut Grove Shelter

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

To reserve this shelter, or to check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 636-458-3813. If not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*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.

Exterior of the pavilion-style shelter with a wooden facade

Shelter Amenities
  • Five picnic tables
  • One grill
  • Length x width: 39' x 29'
  • Maximum occupancy: 56
  • Flush toilet
  • Water fountain

For more information about the park's picnic areas, click here.

Picnic tables inside the wood-framed open shelter

Park Hours

Coordinates

38.630045, -90.697807

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.


On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 24, 2023; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

Entrance gates open and close at these times.

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October

    7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March

    7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily

Park Office hours

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 24, 2023; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

River Hills Visitor Center hours

November and March

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Closed Monday through Friday

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and site buildings will be closed: Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 24, 2023.

April through October

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Closed Monday and Tuesday

December through February

Closed