Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Activities

Paddling

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. 

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Disc Golf

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.

Birding

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.

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Boating

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.

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Hiking

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.

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Biking

The 5-mile bike trail is a down and back, intermediate trailsuitable for a cross or mountain bike.

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Fishing

Poplar Tree Lake and Piersol Lake provide good fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish.

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Horseback Riding

The eight and one half mile Horse Trail is open to horses and hikers.

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