Whether you are visiting with a friend or a large extended family, a picnic is a simple yet great way to enjoy the park. Hundreds of picnic tables are available at picnic pavilions and throughout the grounds of park at the main entrance and the camping entrance. If you bring a picnic blanket you can find your own spot to eat. If you are unsure whether a particular location is suitable for a picnic blanket, please ask a park ranger.
Charcoal grills are available at the main entrance in the picnic area near the canoe and kayak launch on the south end of the main parking area. There are also charcoal grills in the picnic area at the camping entrance. This area also has a playground for kids.
Coolers are welcome in all areas of the park but if you feel like letting someone else do the cooking, you can get a meal or snack to-go from the Springside Cafe. Catering for large groups is also available but please call ahead. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside the park.
Please, properly dispose of all food to avoid accidentally feeding the wildlife. Unattended picnics attract ants as well as squirrels, raccoons, and possibly even bears. Wildlife that begins to associate humans with food will lose its natural behavior and become a nuisance animal.