Gulf State Park offers 20 modern cabins and 11 cottages, all within walking distance of our beautiful Refuge Golf Course and 2.5 miles from our gorgeous snow white beaches. Four of these cabins, referred to as "woods cabins", are surrounded by the state tree, the longleaf pines, and the captivating palmetto forest of coastal Alabama. The remaining "lakeside cabins" are located along the 900-acres of Lake Shelby with the cottages on the northern shore. If you are seeking a destination where fun and enjoyment collide with peace and relaxation, look no further than Gulf State Park. We offer very limited WiFi and cannot guarantee guests will have service.


Gulf State Park is home to many types of wildlife including alligators. Please be aware at all times. For detailed information please see: Alligators in Gulf State Park

Rules and Regulations

  • Reservations can be made 7 days a week (excluding holidays) from 8am to 5pm.
  • Your reservation can be made no more than one year prior to your arrival date.
  • The minimum age to rent a cabin or cottage is 21 years of age and will be strictly enforced. If under 21, a responsible adult must check in and occupy the cabin or cottage during the entire rental period. Failure to do this will result in eviction of the unaccompanied youth and forfeiture of all payments. Any reservation made under false pretenses will result in forfeiture of advance payment and the party will not be permitted to check in.
  • A 2 night minimum stay is required (3 nights on holidays).
  • All cabins/cottages are  NOT Pet friendly - we do have some that are pet friendly so please verify when booking with a pet. 
  • From May 27 to August 10, the cabins are rented by the full week.
  • A deposit is required to hold your reservation and must be received within five days of booking.
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted.
  • The park must be notified within 72 hours of arrival date for a cancellation.
  • Effective immediately, any and all CASH refunds due to a customer shall be made via a State Parks Gift Card.
  • Please be sure to inform your customer service representative if you need a handicap cottage.
  • Reservations can be made in person at Park Headquarters, online, or by phone at (251) 948-7275 or (800) 252-7275.


Rental Rates


All rates below are quoted without tax.

Peak and Non Peak Rates are based on certain dates, please call for details.

11% lodging tax, a one-time $4 transaction fee, plus a resort fee.

A 3% resort fee will be added per night to all reservations. The resort fee will cover the cost to maintain almost 6,000 acres of Gulf State Park including well-manicured greenspaces, common areas and trails; 3.5 miles of clean, safe and pristine sugar-sand beaches; dedicated public safety and security; play areas and playgrounds; three fresh-water lakes, our nature center and programs, and FREE sight-seeing access to the pier as well as a $3 discount off pier fishing.

Gulf State Park offers 16 modern lakeside cabins, 11 lakeside cottages and 4 woods cabins

PEAK RATES – March 1 –October 31 but vary based on holidays and special events- you must call for exact rates or visit website

OFF PEAK RATES – November 1 – February 29th but vary based on holidays and special events. 




*Weekday/Weekend (each day Friday and Saturday)/Weekly***   

Lakeside 3 Bdr/3 Bth Cottage: $298/$305/$1911

Lakeside 3 Bdr/2 Bth Cabin:  $229/$235/$1471




Lakeside 2 Bdr,/ 1Bth Cabin:  $183/$189/$1176



  • Large Woods Cabins 2Bdr/1Bth: $161/$166/$1032



Small Woods Cabin: $127/$133/$820




*Weekday/Weekend(each day Friday and Saturday)/Weekly/Monthly***    

* Weekly rates are based on 7 consecutive days. Monthly rates are only offered on a select few cabins and cottages during non-peak season.

Lakeside 3 Bdr,/3 Bth Cottage: $267/$273/$1618/$1696

Lakeside 3 Bdr/2 Bth Cabin: $186/$191/$1126/no monthly

Lakeside 2 Bdr/1 Bth Cabin: $141/$147/$862/$1022

Large Woods Cabin: 2Bdr/1Bth: $129/$134/$783/no monthly

Small Woods Cabin: $107/$113/$653/$828




There is a discount available Sunday—Thursday only for all senior citizens (62+), 100% disabled persons, and government personnel:

15% discount November- February, 10% discount March—October (Sunday through Thursday only). 

The above discounts are not valid on holidays or special event days. 

Discounts will be applied upon check-in with proof of age, 100% disability, or government employment is required.  

Reservations can be made 1 year in advance