Picnic Areas

at Sam A. Baker State Park

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shaded picnic areaPicnic tables with grills sit beneath shade trees in the day-use area of the park and near the playground. Some sites are accessible. Restrooms are available in the picnic area.

Picnic Shelters

Get your family or a group of friends together under one of the park's three picnic shelters. Occupancy is 75 people per shelter.

  • Shelter #1 is in the day-use area and can be reserved for $50 per day. It is available for use and reservation year-round. This shelter is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Shelters #2 and #3 are north of the Big Creek bridge and can be reserved for $45 per day and are available May 15 through Oct 31. Both shelters are accessible to people with disabilities; however, the vault toilet near Shelter 2 is not accessible.

picnic shelter nestled under treesIf not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 573-856-4411. If a shelter is 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.


There is a playground located at the day-use area.