Gulf State Park & Gulf State Park Pier

Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, Alabama

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Jun 23 ~ Jun 29
When visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast, be sure to check out Gulf State Park and the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier! Gulf State Park is home to beautiful beaches, Lake Shelby, miles of Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, a butterfly garden, nature center, and more. The Gulf State Park Fishing Pier stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico for scenic views, and provides anglers with ample opportunity to catch keepers and bring home dinner!

Gulf State Park & Gulf State Park Pier Visitors Guide

Gulf State Park opened in 1939, and has allowed visitors to reconnect with nature ever since. This massive state park encompasses 6,150 acres, and provides hours and hours of outdoor adventure and fun in the sun! Some of the top things to do here include enjoying the white-sand beaches, fishing, biking through the 28 miles of Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking at Lake Shelby, camping, learning about the local flora and fauna at the Nature Center, and so much more.

One of the most popular things to do at Gulf State Park, however, is to visit the Gulf State Park Pier. The Gulf State Park Fishing Pier stretches out into the Gulf of Mexico providing scenic views for sightseers, and an oasis for anglers looking to reel in the big one! Popular fish you can catch from the pier, depending on the time of year, include sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, pompano, cobia, king mackerel, and more. However you spend your day at the Gulf State Park & Gulf State Park Pier, you’re in for an unforgettable time!

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there a lifeguard on duty?

Yes, lifeguards will be on duty from March until September, and will cover 8 miles of beach from the Flora-Bama, to the Gulf State Park Pavilion. For more information about Gulf Shores beach safety, click here.

2. What are the beaches like here?

The beaches are beautiful at Gulf State Park, with over 3.5 miles of gorgeous Gulf of Mexico shoreline! This area is known for its stunning blue-green waters, soft, white sand, wonderful wildlife, and scenic views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Gulf State Park is a great place to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy a family-fun day at the beach.

3. Do I need to have a fishing license to fish on the pier?

Yes, in order to fish on the Gulf State Park Pier, anglers age 16 and up must have an Alabama saltwater fishing license. Those 15 years old and younger do not need a fishing license, as long as they are fishing with an adult who has one. Visitors can purchase their license in advance online, or purchase it through the Outdoor Alabama app upon arrival.

4. Is the pier handicap accessible?

Yes, the Gulf State Park Pier is handicap accessible. There are comfort stations located at the midpoint of the pier, as well as wheelchair accessible rail fishing. Accessible parking is also available close to the entrance, with barrier-free access to the pier.


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