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Picnic Areas & Shelter Houses:
C.C.C. Shelter | Hoosier's Nest Shelter | Lower Shelter | Recreation Building Shelter | Strahl Lake Shelter | Tulip Tree Shelter | Upper Shelter | Walnut Shelter | Fees & Reservations

Picnic Area with Shelter at Ogle LakeBrown County State Park
is an ideal place for a day of picnicking, playing and relaxing. Throughout the park there are a total of twelve larger picnic areas with tables, grills and toilet facilities. There are many other picnic tables along the roadsides.

Some picnic areas are near playground equipment and/or playfields. Two picnic areas, one near Ogle Lake and one near Hesitation Point, have non-reservable shelterhouses containing electricity, picnic tables, grills, drinking water, and a fireplace. Wood is available from the Country Store during summer months.


Reservable Lower Shelter HouseBrown County State Park has eight reservable shelterhouses that are open from 7 am to 11 pm. Shelters not reserved one day in advance will be open on a free, first come, first served basis.

Shelter houses are covered, non-enclosed buildings with electricity, picnic tables, grills and a parking spur (in general). However, each shelter is different. Some shelters include drinking water, modern restrooms, fireplaces and/or playgrounds.

  C.C.C. Shelter - by scenic overlooks
  Hoosier's Nest Shelter - by the Park Office
  Lower Shelter - by the Saddle Barn
  Recreation Building Shelter - in Buffalo Ridge Campground
  Strahl Lake Shelter - by Strahl Lake
  Tulip Tree Shelter - by West Lookout Tower & scenic vistas
  Upper Shelter - on hilltop by large picnic area
  Walnut Shelter - on the way to Ogle Lake

Click here for information on reserving shelter houses at Brown County State Park.

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Note: This is not the official Park website. However, it is the most complete and easy-to-use site, with everything you need to plan a trip to Brown County State Park.