Explore all that Lake Shelby has to offer at Gulf Adventure Center. Lake Shelby, a 900-acre spring-fed lake located in Gulf State Park, offers an ideal paddle boarding and kayaking landscape, with clear, calm waters and warm weather for most of the year.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a kayaking pro, Gulf Adventure Center provides all the equipment and expertise you need for the ultimate kayaking or paddle boarding adventure.
All that nature has to offer at Shelby Lake, one of the closest spring-fed lakes to salt water along the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll encounter fish, cranes, ospreys, herons and even juvenile alligators.
Tree frogs and cicadas compete in a singing contest, the whistle-calls of osprey and the squawks of seagulls flying overhead. With an opportunity to explore the 900-acre lake, listen as well for cheerful chirping of martins.
Lake Shelby’s calm, cool, spring-fed waters offer a tranquil and restorative setting for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Whether novice or expert, trained water sports staff will help you pick out paddleboards, kayak and life jackets before joining fellow nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts on the lake.
Gulf Adventure Center provides memories for a lifetime and a chance to bring friends, families and co-workers closer together to enjoy the sights, sounds and joy that only nature provides.
Getting out on the water couldn’t be easier! Paddle right were you rent and enjoy unrestricted access to explore Lake Shelby’s 900 acre footprint. Paddle boards and kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required. Rentals are available daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 hour – $25 plus tax
4 hours – $50 plus tax
8 hours – $70 plus tax
$15 plus tax per hour
$25 plus tax per hour
"Great Kayaking. Clean, professionally run. Nice excursion with a kayak. The zip liners were having a ball, too. Would definitely go again."− Lisa M., Corinth, MS
"We came to Gulf adventure center to kayak and paddle board. The staff was very courteous. The tutorials by the guides were great. We saw an osprey nest. Just an awesome day all day."− Lesa C., Maryville TN
"My family had the most wonderful time paddle boarding here! It was a great escape from the crowded beaches and the scenery is beautiful. This is a must do and was the best family time we had all week here."− Sarah D.