Two main picnic areas, located off of Highway 215, provide great spots for a picnic lunch. The picnic areas are open during park hours and are equipped with outdoor grills, picnic tables and have a children’s playground facility located nearby.
Stockton State Park is a perfect venue for hosting large family gatherings and special outings. Two large open picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 guests can be reserved at a rate of $50 per day. The North Shelter, which overlooks the lake and includes electricity and water, is a reproduction of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work done in the 1930s. The North Shelter includes electrical outlets, picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to restroom facilities and children's playground equipment. The South Shelter, located in close proximity to the marina boat launch, features picnic tables, an outdoor grill and access to a boat slip and restroom facilities. To reserve a shelter, contact the park office at 417-276-4259. If not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.