The park has 25 picnic areas throughout the park.
If you are planning a large gathering of friends or family, rent one of the two open picnic shelters at a rate of $35 per day. If not reserved, the shelters are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. Neither of the open shelters has electricity.
- Sycamore Shelter (Shelter 1) is accessible to people with disabilities and will accommodate approximately 50 people. Sycamore Shelter has a large outdoor grill, picnic tables, water fountains and a water hydrant. This shelter has a swing set area for the children in your group. A vault toilet is located by the parking lot and is also accessible.
- Burr Oak Shelter (Shelter 3) is set up a hill from a large parking lot. This shelter will accommodate approximately 60 people. Burr Oak Shelter has a large outdoor grill, picnic tables and a water fountain. A vault toilet is located by the parking lot. There are volleyball standards in the grassy area near the shelter for a game of volleyball. A new playground, which is accessible to people with disabilities, is also located in the grassy area. Hikers can access Tall Oaks Trail from the Burr Oak Shelter parking lot.
- The Enclosed Shelter (Shelter 2) is available by reservation only at a rate of $50 per day. The enclosed shelter is fully furnished for events such as receptions and reunions, and is equipped with a sink, stove, refrigerator, heater and an air conditioner. There are 10 folding white tables and 50 folding chairs inside the shelter. This shelter will accommodate approximately 50 people. There are picnic tables and a large outdoor grill on the concrete back patio. A vault toilet is in close proximity.
To reserve a shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 660-359-6473.
To keep the kids entertained, there are three conveniently-located playground areas -- one in the campground, one at Burr Oak Shelter and one by Sycamore Shelter.