Poplar Tree Lake is the perfect place to relax with a paddle. The park rents canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddleboards, but you can also bring your own. Pedal boats are also available.
The park is home to one of the largest and most beautiful disc golf courses in the Southeast. The 36-hole, wooded course is divided into two 18-hole courses that offer beginners and advanced players a challenging game. Visitors can find disc golf accessories at stores near the park.
The Audubon Society designated Meeman-Shelby an Important Bird Area in 2006. The 13,476-acre park contains bottomland hardwoods, swamps, lakes and upland forest. Over 240 species of birds have been reported from the park.
The park has a free launch ramp on the Mississippi River, and a year-round boat ramp on 125-acre Poplar Tree Lake. Jon boats are available for rent at the park boat dock from March through November.
Meeman-Shelby Forest offers more than 20 miles of trails that wind throughout the park. Trails range from moderate to very rugged and some are multi-use. Trail and topography maps are available at the visitors center.
The 5-mile bike trail is a down and back, intermediate trailsuitable for a cross or mountain bike.
Poplar Tree Lake and Piersol Lake provide good fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish.
The eight and one half mile Horse Trail is open to horses and hikers.