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.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE ON LAKE SHELBY

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.

WHAT YOU’LL HEAR ON LAKE SHELBY

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.

WHAT YOU’LL DO ON LAKE SHELBY

Lake Shelby’s calm, cool, spring-fed waters offer a tranquil and restorative setting for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.

WHO YOU’LL MEET ON LAKE SHELBY

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.

WHAT YOU’LL TAKE AWAY ON LAKE SHELBY

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.

GET ON THE WATER

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.

Paddle boards
1 hour – $25 plus tax
4 hours – $50 plus tax
8 hours – $70 plus tax

Single Kayak
$15 plus tax per hour

Double Kayak
$25 plus tax per hour

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

"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.
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