Shepard State Park1034 Graveline Drive
Gautier, MS 39553
***Effective January 28, 2013***
Shepard State Park will be operated and maintained by the City of Gautier. Any questions regarding reservations should be directed to Shepard State Park at 228-497-2244 or visit the website at www.shepardstatepark.com.
Shepard State Park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country, where legend has it that members of the Pascagoula Indian nation linked hands and walked into the Pascagoula River rather than be taken captive by hostile Indian tribes. The mournful death chant they sang as they walked earned the Pascagoula River the nickname "Singing River." Tales of the heroic exploits of French and Spanish settlers and romantic legends of the Pascagoula and Biloxi Indians are standard fare in the scenic coastal area surrounding Shepard State Park.
A day-use entry fee is charged on a per vehicle basis.
The following area attractions are located within a short drive of Shepard State Park. The park staff will be happy to provide directions.
- Biloxi Shrimping Trip
- Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Airboat Rides
- Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum (Biloxi)
The park has twenty-eight sites with water and electricity, picnic tables and grills. There is a centrally located bath house and a dump station. All Campsites may be reserved in advance by calling the park office at (228) 497-2244 between the hours of 8AM - 5PM daily, or by calling Reserve America at 1-800 GO PARKS, or by using this website and follow the link to reservations located above. Monthly camping may be available. Please check with the park office for availability.
There are approximately thirty primitive sites located in 3 separate areas for tent camping. Some have picnic tables and grills. These sites are nonreservable and they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. One of the areas is located under large White Oaks and Magnolia trees, another is located by our boat ramp and the other is in a secluded area of the park.
Shepard State Park offers group tent camping to organizations of 10 or more, such as Boy Scouts, Church groups, etc. A group rate is available by calling the park office. Reservations are highly recommended.
Approximately 8 miles of trails on the grounds of the park offer many areas for exploring. On these trails you will come into contact with the true beauty of this park. From the majestic oaks to the unique wet lands, where you will encounter a variety of coastal plants and wildlife. These trails expand over five different locations.
A spacious area shaded by majestic oaks and towering long leaf pines provides a haven for picnickers. The park's picnic sites feature tables and grills with an occupancy of between 40 and 50 people. The large picnic pavilion is available to groups by reservation. A playground, stage, playing fields and restroom are available in this area.
Playground equipment is available at the Park.
A soccer field / recreational field is open to the public, free of charge, however, the normal entrance fee is required.
Alligator Alley is an 18-hole disc golf course. It is a well maintained, wooded course along the Lamotte Bayou. Designed for accuracy rather than for power on the front nine, with a mixture of power and accurany on the back nine. Hand-painted direction and tee signs make this course easy to follow and enjoyable to play.
Day use entry fee allows use of disc golf course.
A boat ramp for small watercraft is located inside the park and is available for public use. It provides access to the mouth of the Singing River by way of St. Pierre Bayou. A boat launch fee is charged.