Picnic Shelter

at Watkins Mill State Park

Click here for information on how to reserve the shelter.

picnic tables under the picnic shelter

Park Hours

Coordinates

39.397409, -94.264595

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Day-Use Areas

  • Lake Trail
    7 a.m. - Sunset
  • Williams Creek Picnic Area
    Open year-round
  • Hill Top Picnic Area
    Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
  • South Gate:
    April through October: 6:30 a.m. - sunset, daily
    November through March: 7 a.m. - sunset, daily
  • North Gate
    7 a.m. - sunset, daily, year-round

Park Office hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

May 5-15:
Beginning May 5, 2021, the office at Watkins Mill State Park will be open to the public five days a week -- Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Per local ordinance, masks will be required inside.

Regular Hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April through October
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November through March
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center and Museum

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

May 5-15:
Beginning May 5, 2021, the visitor center and museum will be open to the public five days a week -- Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Per local ordinance, masks will be required inside the visitor center. 
 
Beginning May 16:
The visitor center and museum will be open seven days a week beginning on Sunday, May 16. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Per local ordinance, masks will be required inside the visitor center.

Regular Hours

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • Dec. 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
    The visitor center may be closed during these hours due to weather.

Swimming Beach hours

Beach closed for the season