Shelter 2/Big River Day-Use Area Shelter

at Washington State Park

Shelters are rented during the on-season (April through October). To reserve this shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 636-586-5768.

large picnic shelter

picnic shelter
Shelter Amenities
  • 14 picnic tables
  • One grill
  • Vault toilet available April 1-Oct. 31
  • Water spigot available April 1-Oct. 31
  • Length x width: 56' x 24'
  • Maximum occupancy: 96
  • Distance to cabin area: 1.2 miles
  • Distance to campground: 1.8 miles
  • Distance to petroglyph site: 1 mile
  • Distance to pool: 2.1 miles
  • Distance to Thunderbird Lodge: 0.5 mile

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

Park Hours


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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: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

  • 7 a.m. to sunset, year-round.
  • November through March
    The roads to Shelter #1/CCC Ridge, the swimming pool, cabins and the Big River Day-Use Area (including Shelter #2/Big River Day-Use Area Shelter) are closed to vehicles. They are open to foot traffic.

Interpretive Center hours

Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Park Office hours

April through October

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
  • Closed Sunday, Monday and Saturday

November through March

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
  • Closed Saturday through Tuesday

Please note there may be times when the office is closed while staff are working in the park.