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Picnic Areas

at Thousand Hills State Park

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a family enjoys a picnic lunch at a shaded picnic table


Bring along a picnic lunch as there are more than 60 picnic sites located within Thousand Hills State Park.

Picnic Shelters

For larger groups, there are four open shelters and one enclosed shelter. Each shelter provides a perfect venue for hosting large family gatherings or special outings and can be reserved in advance for a fee.

  • The enclosed shelter has an occupancy limit of 75 people. The shelter includes two grills, 12 tables, benches, a stove, a refrigerator, electricity and a restroom facility with water on location. This shelter is accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Point Shelter accommodates up to 69 guests and includes two grills, a children’s playground facility, electricity and water. A flush restroom is nearby.
  • Shelter 2 and Shelter 3 each accommodate 36 and include outdoor grills.
  • Beach Shelter can accommodate up to 48 people, and is accessible to people with disabilities. It has a water hydrant and group grill, and there is a vault toilet nearby.

If not reserved, all open shelters are open to park visitors at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

playground equipment with a slide and a swing setShelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, contact the concessionaire at 660-202-8257 to check availability.


Children’s playground facilities are located near Point Shelter, in Campground 1 and in the main day-use picnic area.