Visitors can camp, swim, fish, hike and play golf in the park. Ten hiking trails wind through the park, including the Alligator Marsh Trail that runs along a canal. Spottings of such wildlife as small alligators, frogs and turtles are common.
Gulf State Park offers a campground with 496 campsites. Amenities include picnic areas, BBQ grills, free Wi-Fi, paved sites and bathhouses. The campground is ideally located near the Gulf beaches.
Anglers can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing in Gulf State Park. You can surf fish from the beach or cast a line in Lake Shelby. Pier fishing is also accessible, or you can troll fish by bringing your own boat. A launch is available at the lake.
Fish for crappie, bass, bream, catfish, rainbow trout and walleye from the lake. Saltwater anglers can find king mackerel, cobia, amberjack, flounder, tuna, bluefish and more from the Gulf waters.
The Gulf State Park pier is open year round and, at 1540 feet, is the longest pier on the Gulf , according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The pier features an indoor seating concession and a tackle and souvenir shop.