Picnic Areas

at Watkins Mill State Park

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Choose from three picnic areas with tables and grills or several additional picnic tables and grills located along the bicycle trail near the beach and the shelter house area. Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Picnic Shelter

For larger groups of family or friends, an open shelter is available and may be reserved. The shelter has picnic tables, cooking grills, electricity and a water hydrant and can accommodate up to 80 people. The bicycle trail is easily accessed from the shelter and a vault toilet is located next to the parking lot. Reservations cost $75 and are recommended for weekends April through October. A damage deposit is required for groups who wish to use alcohol.

Shelter Reservations

To reserve the shelter, contact the park to check for availability by calling 816-580-3387 during office hours. If the 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.