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Picnic Areas/Shelters

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. The playground is temporarily closed due to storm damage.

Picnic Shelters

The park's open shelters, Cochran, Alta and Walnut Grove, make great venues for family gatherings and special outings. 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. Shelter reservations are available during the on-season (April 1-Oct. 31). If not reserved, these 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 Civilian Conservation Corps 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, electrical outlets, counter space, ADA accessible restrooms and a large parking area. The building is available year-round. However, it may be closed at times during winter months due to hazardous road conditions.
Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter or check for availability, visit our reservation page* or contact the park at 636-458-3813.

*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.