Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

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Public Notice: The cabins at Meeman-Shelby Forest will be closed beginning February 20, 2018 for renovations and are expected to reopen on May 18, 2018. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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. Personally owned boats with an electric motor are allowed on the lakes for a small launch fee. Fees range from $2.00 a day to $40.00 annually. Gasoline motors are allowed on Poplar Tree Lake when operated at no wake speed.

Please contact the park office for information about guided canoe and pontoon boat programs. 


Boat rentals are cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted at this time. 

Life Jackets $5.00
Paddleboard Hourly $7.00
Canoe Full Day $25.00
Canoe Hourly $7.00
Kayak Single Hourly $7.00
Kayak Tandem Hourly $10.00
Pedal Boat Hourly $7.00

Row Boat Hourly $5.00
Row Boat Half Day $12.00
Row Boat Day $24.00
Row Boat Weekly $75.00