Picnic Areas

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

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large group gathered at a picnic table enjoying lunchThree large picnic shelters and more than 200 picnic sites are scattered throughout the park for you to enjoy.


A playground is located in the day-use area at the Guy Park Trailhead.

Picnic Shelters

The shelters, Cochran, Alta and Walnut Grove, make a great venue for family gatherings or special outings. The Cochran and Walnut Grove shelters may each be reserved at a rate of $75 per day. The Alta Shelter can be reserved for $90 per day. If not reserved, the shelters may be used on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Cochran Shelter’s capacity is approximately 70 occupants, and it is equipped with a fireplace.
  • Alta Shelter, the largest of the three, can occupy up to 130 people, and has three fireplaces and two barbecue grills.
  • Walnut Grove Shelter will hold up to 56 people and has a barbecue grill.
All three of the shelters are equipped with picnic tables, and have water and restroom facilities nearby. There is no electricity available in the shelters.
The Henry Babler Enclosed Shelter was constructed by the CCC in the 1930s. The building is constructed of stone with wood trim. Through the years, it has served as a park nature center.  It now can be rented for $125 per day and includes two rooms (total capacity of 60 people), tables, chairs, heat/air conditioning, refrigerator, electric outlets, counter space, ADA accessible restrooms and a large parking area. The building is available on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  The building is used by the Babler Outdoor Adventures Program during the summer on weekdays. Weekday reservations will be accepted during the rest of the year.
Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 636-458-3813. If available, fill out the Shelter Reservation Application and mail it to the park for approval. Submission of this application does not guarantee reservation of the shelter.