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Picnic Areas/Shelters

at Castlewood State Park

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a family having a picnic on a blanket in the grassMany picnic sites are scattered throughout the day-use area. Each site consists of a picnic table and pedestal charcoal grill. Gathering firewood in the park and burning trash in the grill are both prohibited. All picnic sites are available first-come, first-served.

Equestrian picnic sites are available at the equestrian staging area. Equestrian sites have a picnic table, pedestal charcoal grill and hitching post.

Picnic Shelters

If you need a place for a family or company picnic, rent one of two picnic shelters.

  • Shelter 1 can accommodate 75 people and has two 3’x3’ barbecue grills.
  • Shelter 2 can accommodate 50 people and has one 3’x3’ barbecue grill.

On-Season Services (April-October):

  • Flush restroom and water fountain available near each shelter.
  • Dumpster available near each shelter.
  • Volleyball net available at Shelter 2.

Off-Season Services (November-March):

  • Flush restrooms and water fountain are closed for the off-season. Vault toilet available year-round at the Lone Wolf Trailhead parking lot. 
  • Dumpsters are pulled from service at each shelter in the off-season. Please dispose of trash in dumpsters provided at the Lone Wolf Trailhead parking lot, or near the train trestle bridge. 
  • Volleyball net at Shelter 2 is taken down for off-season. 
Shelter Reservations

The shelter reservation fee is $100 per day for each shelter. The reservation time frame is from 9 a.m. until park closing on the reserved day. If not reserved, the shelters are available for no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a shelter or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 636-227-4433.

*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.

On-Season Reservation Availability (April-October):

  • Reservations are available Monday through Friday during the on-season, with the exception of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
  • Shelters 1 and 2 are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturdays and Sundays (including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day) during the on-season.

Off-Season Reservation Availability (November-March):

  • Reservations are available seven days a week. 

Staff begin accepting shelter reservations the first business day of each calendar year. To reserve a shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 636-227-4433.


To keep the kids entertained, there is a playground conveniently located in the middle of the field between the two picnic shelters.