Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19

April 9, 2020
Aerial of Gulf State Park in April 2019

April 9, 2020 | Gulf State Park | COVID-19 Update #2 

The safety and well-being of our employees, staff and visitors is our top priority at Gulf State Park. We thank you for your patience as we adjust facility hours and park amenities in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. All modifications follow and support the Order of the State Health Officer amended on April 3, 2020. Per this order, individuals may leave their homes to perform certain essential tasks, including outdoor activities that involve fewer than 10 people and a six-foot distance from other persons. Alabama State Parks serve the public in this very capacity. Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, the following information is subject to change at any time: 


Our campground, bathhouses, and coin laundry facility remain open. The Camp Store, pool and tennis courts are closed. The campground office is staffed 24 hours daily, however, the office is closed to walk-in traffic until further notice (except under special circumstances). All campground-related business is currently being conducted over the phone. For inquiries or more information, please call 251-948-7275. 

Outpost Campsites 

The park’s outpost campsites are unavailable for reservation until further notice. 

Park Headquarters 

As a precaution for the health and safety of our staff, Park Headquarters will no longer accommodate walk-in traffic to the park office until further notice. Please direct all inquiries to 251-948-7275 or review the information contained in this document.

Programs & Events 

All programs (listed on the weekly activity schedule) and school field trips run by Park Naturalists have been cancelled until further notice. Please visit the park’s website and Facebook page for virtual educational programming. Please use the following survey link to provide input on content for these programs:  


Gulf State Park Pier, the Bait & Tackle Shop and the Snack Bar remain open. Pier hours are from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. A capacity limit of 200 fisherman is strictly enforced by onsite park staff to comply with social distancing recommendations (six feet distance between each person) from the CDC. In no event will groups larger than 10 persons be admitted to the pier at the same time. Please purchase a saltwater fishing license online if you do not already possess one. There are resident and non-resident licenses available at the following link.: 

Lake Shelby Picnic Area and Dog Park 

Lake Shelby and its bathroom facilities remain open. Segway tours and water equipment rentals through the park concessioner have been suspended. According to WHO, there is no evidence that a dog, cat, or any other type of pet can transmit COVID-19 and as such, the dog park remains open. 

Nature Center 

The Nature Center is currently closed to the public. Please check the park’s website and Facebook page for virtual educational programming content. The following Alabama Parks are also offering virtual programming: Oak Mountain, Lake Guntersville, DeSoto, and Cheaha. Gulf State Park’s website:  

Weddings and other Special Events 

The Special Events department is accepting bookings for May 1, 2020 onward. Please contact this department for information on available dates at 251-948-7275 x 2127 or 2128. Please note that reservations are subject to modification due to State Health Officer Orders.  

Beach Pavilion 

The Beach Pavilion and the adjacent pedestrian footbridge / overpass are closed. 


All trails within the park remain open as usual from dawn to dusk. All playgrounds and other play areas (Boulder Park adjacent to the Butterfly Pavilion and Al’s Parkour Challenge) are closed until further notice. 

Water Fountains 

All water fountains within Gulf State Park are closed. Please remember to bring water with you to the park. Pet owners, please bring enough for you and your dog(s). 

Bike Share Program & Bike Rentals 

Bicycle rentals from the Camp Store are currently unavailable. The free Bike Share Program has also been suspended. 


Please contact our friendly front-desk staff with any questions or concerns at 251-948-7275 or visit the park’s website for COVID-19 updates: 

Facilities & Amenities Managed by Valor Hospitality 

Please contact the Lodge at Gulf State Park’s front desk (251-540-4000) for the most up-to-date information regarding the following facilities: 

Park Shuttle Service 

Operational daily from 9 am – 5 pm 


Restaurants, bars, breweries and similar establishments in the state of Alabama cannot permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Park facilities will take to-go orders and package them for off-premise consumption. The following restaurants remain open: 

  • Woodside Grill: 20249 State Park Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 - Hours: 10 am – 7 pm 
  • Dragonfly (Located at the Lodge) - Hours: 11 am – 8 pm 
  • Roasted Oak (Coffee Bar located in the lobby of the Lodge) - Hours: 7 am – 8 pm  
Lodging Facilities at Gulf State Park 

The Lodge’s Fitness Center and Pool are closed. Guest check-ins for the Eagle Cottages and the Cabins are taking place at Eagle’s Nest (Formerly Cabin 1 on the Lake). 

Learning Campus

Interpretive Center 

This facility is closed until further notice.


For additional guidance, please review The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 30 Days to Slow the Spread

Please adhere to CDC recommended precautions to protect yourself and others, especially vulnerable populations such as older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions. Incorporate the following good hygiene practices into your daily routine and while visiting Gulf State Park: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public space, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%alcohol. Cover ALL surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue away in a trash receptacle and then clean your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical care.