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Gulf State Park

Paid Beach Parking Announcement

Beginning on Friday, April 23rd, 2021, all beach accesses owned by Gulf State Park will be implementing paid parking. Please review the Press Release and to learn more, refer to the FAQ  and Updated Policies documents.

Parking Pay Stations (Kiosks) are in place at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier and the Beach Pavilion in Gulf Shores and at the public beach accesses in Orange Beach - Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach.

$3.00 - 2 hours for personal vehicle

$5.00 - 4 hours for personal vehicle

$10.00 - All day for personal vehicle

$15.00 - All day for passenger vans

$30.00 - All day for buses or large RVs

$100.00 - Annual pass parking decal

  • Purchase annual pass from Park Headquarters
  • Valid for one calendar year with expiration on December 31st annually

Veterans - Free parking

  • Obtain an annual pass parking decal from Park Headquarters
  • Valid for one calendar year with expiration on December 31st annually

Daily anglers who pay the $10.00 daily parking fee will also receive one daily pier fishing permit included with their parking. The paid parking terminal will dispense one receipt with instructions that the bottom half of the receipt is to be torn off and presented to the attendant at the pier admission window, and the other portion of the receipt is to be placed in plain view on the vehicle dash board. The angler presenting the paid parking receipt to the attendant will be permitted to fish all day at no additional cost. Other anglers in the vehicle will be required to purchase a daily pier fishing permit.

Anglers who have purchased an annual, semi-annual fishing, monthly or weekly permit at the pier will be issued a decal that is to be affixed to the inside right of the vehicle windshield and a placard will be issued to these permit holders indicating the expiration date of the permit. This placard is also to be displayed in plain view on the vehicle dashboard. Permit holders will need to present their permit cards to the attendant at the pier admission window for entrance to the pier for fishing. The decal affixed to the windshield will allow the Permit holders to gain free parking at all the Gulf State Park beach locations.

Beach goers and Pier sightseers, will be required to pay to park at the pier with an option of fees listed above.

Before heading out to the beach, put the printed pass or receipt on the dashboard of your car.

Pier Hours & Information

Fishing and Sightseeing Hours

7 days a week

24 hours a day

Staff are on site Sunday through Thursday 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 6:00AM to 10:00PM.

To pay fishing and sightseeing fees, an honor box system is in place when staff are not on site.

Concessionaire Hours 

Sunday through Thursday: 6:00AM to 7:30PM

Friday and Saturday: 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM

Bait and Tackle Shop Hours 

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

*Hours are subject to change*

The Pier is open with 725 feet of fishing space on each side of the pier.

There is covered seating for concession area and indoor retail shop with tackle and souvenirs. Signs along the pier share information on native fish, birds and other area wildlife. There are comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier and wheelchair accessible rail fishing.

Food & Drink

Visit ByWater Beachside Beach Bar & Grill at the Pier to enjoy a great meal, with the best view on the coast! Along with delicious food, you'll have the chance to show your talent and have fun at their weekly karaoke nights!

The concessionaire windows at the Pier offers snacks, to-go food, and drinks for purchase. 


This fee does not include an Alabama saltwater and/or pier fishing license which can be purchased online.  


  • Daily: $9.00      
  • Weekly: $41.00    
  • Monthly: $81.00     
  • Semiannual: $161.00  
  • Annual: $321.00  

Rod & Reel Rentals

  • 4 Hours: $10.00
  • All Day: $20.00


Children 11 years old and under fish for free when accompanied by a paying adult.


Gulf State Park Pier offers a great fishing experience for any angler, beginner or seasoned. A variety of species can be caught from the Pier depending on the time of year: Sheepshead, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Florida Pompano, King Mackerel, Whiting and more!

Please refer to Creel and Size Limits that apply to saltwater fishing.


What You Need to Know About the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier

No trip to the Alabama coast is complete without at least one visit to the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier.
Whether you're an experienced fisherman, or you're looking for a family-friendly outing, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier is a great place to spend an afternoon. Plus, the pier, which is also called the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, has so much more to offer! One you next Gulf Shores beach vacation, be sure to cast your line at the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier.

Find out more about all of the fun things to do in Gulf Shores when you download our free Vacation Guide.
It's full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying a day at the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier.

The Pier is Huge
Five years after Hurricane Ivan obliterated the old fishing pier in 2004, Gulf Shores built the northern Gulf Coast's biggest and best fishing and educational pier to replace it. The second longest pier on the Gulf Coast, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier is 1,540 feet long and boasts nearly 2500 feet of fishing space. With this much space, the pier offers a wide variety of fishing experiences for locals and visiting families to enjoy.

There are Indoor Facilities
On a hot summer day, you can escape the Gulf Shores, AL heat inside the pier's indoor facilities. Inside, you will find refreshments at a seating and concession area, retail shops for tackle and souvenirs, and comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier. In addition, you can also grab a bite to eat from Butts on The Beach, a local restaurant that serves up barbecue year round at the pier.

Fishing Equipment is Available on Site
One of the best parts about fishing on the Gulf Shores pier is the convenience of it. All the permits, rods, reels, tackle, and bait you will need for an afternoon of fishing is available right at the pier. The state of Alabama requires fishing licenses but you can purchase a daily or weekly license with ease. In addition, you can rent fishing rods and reels and purchase bait at the retail shop inside. What's better, children age 11 and under fish for free when accompanied by a paying adult!

The Fishing is Good
Local fishermen will tell you, the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier isn't just a tourist attraction. It is also a great place to catch dinner. On a successful day at the pier, expect to bring home enough king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano, flounder, whiting, sheepshead, trout, or small redfish to feast on. If you are staying in a vacation rental home with a kitchen, you can cook them yourself. Or, if you'd prefer, there are a variety of restaurants in Gulf Shores that will cook your catch for you.

Visit the Gulf Shores Fishing Pier and Stay with Us!
With a vacation home rental from Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals, you will never be far from the best places to fish in Gulf Shores. After a successful day at the pier, you will love bringing home your catch to cook in a new, modern, kitchen in our fully-stocked vacation rental homes. But, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are just the beginning for our best vacation homes. Browse our collection of beach bungalows and large family homes to find the vacation rental that is perfect for you. Then, book a stay with us today!

Photo credit: Thinkstock / Andrey Moisseyev

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8 cool fishing spots to cast a line at Alabama's beaches

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8 cool fishing spots at Alabama's beaches

Surf fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the beach while pulling in some dinner. But Alabama's beaches has a few secret fishing spots to cast a line. Here are 8 you might want to check out. Remember, an Alabama salt water fishing license is required.

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Perdido Pass, Orange Beach

There's nothing secret when it comes to fishing at Perdido Pass. After all, the city of Orange Beach has spent millions improving and promoting the spot as the premier place to pier fish. In fact, the city is currently extending the boardwalk to hold more anglers. Here, you'll pull in just about every shallow water species. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])

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Intracoastal Waterway off of Canal Road, Orange Beach

There are two parts of Canal Road that are popular fishing spots -- one at the start of the road on the east end and another on the west end after the curve. There's no public parking but plenty of room to pull off, pop the tailgate and have a seat on your cooler. It's also a great place to watch the boats come and go. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])

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Pier at Waterfront Park, Orange Beach

At the east end of Canal Road in Orange Beach is Waterfront Park, a popular fishing spot with locals. The park features a long pier with portions of it covered, too. Anglers like to go to the end of the pier and cast into Bayou St. John. The pier includes some PVC pipes to even hold your rig. There's a variety of species running but at night the speckled trout gather near the lights, so bring a lantern. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])

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Gulf State Park Pier

There's nothing secret about Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores but it is one of the most popular fishing locations at Alabama's Beaches. Stretching more than 1,500 feet out to the Gulf, the pier has 2,448 feet of fishing space available along the rails. You can clean fish here, too. And yes, you'll catch just about everything but no shark fishing despite the fact you'll see lots of them. To fish from this pier is $9 per day but well worth it for the catch, view and overall experience for the whole family.

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Lake Shelby Pier, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

At Gulf State Park is Lake Shelby and several places to cast your line. One of the best is the small pier reaching a hundred yards into the water. It's secluded. Be prepared to have your line broken by a small alligator as they're definitely out there. The lake is teeming with catfish if that's what you're angling for. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])

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Boggy Point, Orange Beach

Off of US 161 is Marina Road but at the tip of Marina Road is Boggy Point, a popular boat launch. But it's also a hot fishing spot from the piers. There's some parking. This is the most popular spot for night fishing but anglers have a lot of success reeling in a variety of species, plus the spot provides a beautiful view of Perdido Pass. But you don't want to get caught fishing without that Alabama saltwater fishing license here. Fish and Game patrol it frequently. (Brian Kelly/[email protected])

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Base of Orange Beach Pier

It's not the official Orange Beach pier and you can't fish from it unless you're staying at the hotel, but the casting at the base of this pier at Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach is a hot spot for surf anglers. Fish tend to congregate around the pier, giving anglers lots of chances to pull in white fish and bait fish.

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Fort Morgan

Now, if you're lodging at a Gulf-front beach cottage then you've got some of the best surf fishing in Pleasure Island. If you're not staying there then there are a few spots you can park and cast your line. And it's one of the best spots to pull in some big fish. Just make sure you're legally parked.

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Gulf State Park Pier


Gulf  State Park Number: (251) 967-3474
Hours of Operation: 24/7
GPS Coordinates:
Base of Pier: 30.24897N – 87.667668W
End of Pier: 30.246556N – 87.667668W


Gulf Shores Pier is Open 24/7!


The newly constructed Gulf Shores Pier boasts an all-inclusive Bait Shop and Concession Stand at the beginning of the pier, both of which were not available on the old pier destroyed by Hurricane The Gulf State Park Pier - The Pier LifeIvan in 2004. Anglers have the opportunity to buy supplies at this one-stop shop and have the luxury of eating at the concession stand without missing any action!

Visitors will have plenty of elbow room on this record-setting pier because fishing space along the rails totals a massive 2,448 feet. Bring the whole family to enjoy the sunshine and ample amounts of fish on this 1,540 ft. long pier.

Gulf Shores Park Pier also offers these great amenities to visitors:

-Indoor seating at the concession area

-Indoor retail area for tackle and souvenirs

-Comfort stations and restrooms at the midpoint of the pier

-Wheelchair accessible rail fishing.


*A Saltwater fishing license is required for everyone 16 years and older. License can be purchased at the Pier.
*Alabama residents 65 and up are NOT required to have a saltwater fishing license.
*Gulf State Park Pier has non-resident annual Pier Fishing License, it can be purchased at the Pier for $11

Daily Fishing Permit……………$8.00
Weekly Fishing Permit………….$40.00
Semi-Annual Fishing Permit……..$80.00
Annual Fishing Permit………….$320.00
Sightsee (All Day)…………….$3.00
Sightsee (One Trip)……………$2.00

Under 12 yrs (free with paying adult)

Daily Fishing Permit (w/out paying adult)….$4.00
Weekly Fishing Permit (w/out paying adult)…$10.00
Monthly Fishing Permit (w/out paying adult)..$20.00
Semi-Annual Fishing Permit (w/out paying adult)..$40.00
Annual Fishing Permit (w/out paying adult)……$50.00
Sightsee (All Day)…………..FREE with paying adult
Sightsee (One Trip)………….FREE with paying adult


Gulf State Park Pier Rules and Regulations

-Limit of 6 rods per fisherman (additional rods brought will be charged $3.50 each)

-No trolley fishing permitted

-Bottom fishing up-wind/up current

-Float fishing down-wind/down-current

-One fishing rod in use at a time

-Salt water fishing license required

-One crab basket per person (no wire baskets)(cannot be left unattended and you cannot crab and fish at the same time)

-Catch must be placed in container within 10 minutes

-Keep tackle and bait OFF of tables and benches

-Cut your bait at cleaning tables or bait cutting tables only

-Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

-No standing or sitting on rails

-No jumping/diving off of pier

-No alcohol allowed on pier

-No cooking on pier

Recreational Size and Creel Limits for Alabama State Waters

*Click picture to enlarge

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With all of these added features, guests will be able to enjoy the beautiful Emerald Coast while fishing in comfort and style.
For more information please contact the pier at:
(251) 967-FISH(3474) or [email protected]

References 1″Gulf State Park.” Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2013. <>.

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