COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Paddling

2020 COVID-19 Update

Most state park boat rental operations will open this summer. Hours and operating procedures will vary by park. Each park will implement additional safety and sanitation protocols to protect park staff and visitors and encourage social distancing. All boaters are encouraged to bring their own life jacket or approved personal floatation device (PFD).


Poplar Tree Lake is the perfect place to relax with a paddle. The park rents canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddleboards. Pedal boats are also available. You can bring your own paddlecraft, but a launch fee is charged for personal canoes and kayaks. Rentals are available beginning May 23, 2020. 

RENTAL PRICES

Boat rentals are cash and credit card.

Paddleboard Hourly $12.00
Kayak Single Hourly $10.00
Kayak Tandem Hourly $15.00
Pedal Boat Hourly (2 seat) $10.00
Pedal Boat Hourly (4 seat) $15.00

Canoe Hourly $7.00
Canoe Full Day $26.00

Life Jackets $5.00

An accessible kayak ramp is available. The park offers ranger-led canoe and pontoon boat tours. Please check our event calendar for these guided paddles and tours.


WATER TRAIL

Poplar Tree Lake
GPS Coordinates:
 35.30717, -90.06601

Poplar Tree Lake is located in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Shelby County, Millington, Tennessee.

Directions to Access Point: From US-51S follow the signs into the park then continue to the lake. The asphalt parking lot accommodates approximately 30 vehicles. The closest restroom is located at the Nature Center adjacent to the nearby picnic area. The park is closed from Sunset to 8:00 a.m. Boat rentals are available or launch your personal boat for $2.00. All TWRA fishing and boating rules apply. There is a separate fee for fishing. 

Trail Description: Enjoy fishing and wildlife viewing in a serene park setting. Bald eagle sightings are not uncommon. Put in at the park boat launch ramp and follow the shoreline. Watch for motorboats at the widest or west end of the lake. Access into inlets on the southern side of the lake is determined by water levels. The lake may be difficult to navigate during periods of high wind.