Picnic Areas

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

Three large picnic shelters and more than 200 picnic sites are scattered throughout the park for you to enjoy.

The shelters, Cochran, Alta and Walnut Grove, make a great venue for family gatherings or special outings, and may be reserved at a rate of $75 per day. If not reserved, the shelters may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a shelter, please call the park office at 636-458-3813.

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.

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

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 $150 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. To reserve the shelter, call 636-458-3813.