Crowder County Park has three picnic shelters. Each shelter has several tables, a large charcoal grill and nearby playground. Restrooms are located in the Upper Pavilion only during the winter season and are accessible from nearby parking spaces.

Please scroll down for shelter details and updates.

How To Reserve A Shelter

Reservations can now be made ONLINE! You can now reserve a shelter online – and pay for it with a credit/debit card!

Shelters are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are only rented out to one group per shelter per day. Unreserved shelters may be used free of charge. Shelter reservations are in effect RAIN or SHINE!



Wake County Parks COVID-19 Service Update

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.

Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person. External restrooms and water fountains are open.

Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least August 15:

  • Playgrounds and park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled.
  • Camps are canceled through the end of 2020.

As of 5 p.m. June 26, the State of North Carolina has mandated that people must wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public and unable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This applies at Wake County’s parks and preserves.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming. It's Wake Parks from Home!


Use this registration online button to direct you to our online reservation site.

The most common customer questions are answered in our FAQ section, but you can also contact park staff if you need any assistance.


Park Office number: 919-662-2850





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The Robin shelter is the smallest shelter in the park. It is located near the lower parking lot across from the large playfield and volleyball court. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. There is a small playground next to the shelter, and restroom facilities are located at the Lower Pavilion. This shelter is closest to the boardwalk and great for turtle watching.


Capacity: 25 persons
Tables: 4
Fee: $40


Cardinal Shelter

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The Cardinal shelter is the medium-sized shelter located near the upper parking lot beside the large playground. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. This shelter is closest to the largest playground in the park, and restroom facilities are located in the Upper Pavilion. The Cardinal Shelter also has one electrical outlet.


Capacity: 50 persons
Tables: 6
Fee: $60


Heron Shelter

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The Heron shelter is the largest shelter in the park. It is located near the lower parking lot. The closest restroom facility is located at the Lower Pavilion. This shelter offers the best view of the pond, has a small green space and a playground nearby. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. The Heron Shelter has two electrical outlets as well as lighting.


Capacity: 100 persons
Tables: 12
Fee: $80




There are opportunities to have an enjoyable picnic at the park without the need to reserve a shelter. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also check out our Eagle Scout picnic area – a gravel pad with two picnic tables and small grill located between the Robin Shelter and Lower Pavilion. Remember, the same rules apply for using the picnic tables as for the shelters.


Shelter Rules and Guidelines

Shelters can be reserved from 9 a.m. until one hour before posted park closing time. Contact park office for closing time updates.

Reservations and Cancelations:

  • Keep group sizes within the listed maximum capacity of your selected shelter.

  • Cancellations can only be made by contacting the park office.

  • Cancellations more than two weeks before the scheduled date will result in a full refund.

  • Cancellations less than two weeks before the scheduled date will not be refunded.

  • No cancellations due to weather. Staff may reschedule due to severe weather conditions.


Outside Materials and Activities

  • Fields, volleyball areas and playgrounds are first come, first served and cannot be reserved for exclusive use as part of a shelter reservation.

  • Park in designated areas. Do not block entrance/egress to parking lots or access to parking spaces. Parking is not reserved as part of a shelter rental without prior authorization by park staff.

  • Recreational equipment such as tents, play structures, inflatables and pools are not permitted.

  • No water balloons, confetti, glitter, silly string or helium balloon releases. They are difficult to completely clean up and pose a hazard to wildlife.

  • No additional directional signage.

  • Do not use sidewalk chalk under the shelter or on the surrounding concrete pad.

Grill Use:

  • Only charcoal can be used in grills. Leave charcoal in the grill when finished – staff will remove.

  • Do not pour water or liquids over coals or grill surfaces. This damages the grill coating.

  • All grills, cookers and fryers must be used on gravel grill pads (if provided) or asphalt, with approval.

  • Do not leave grills unattended. Ensure grease from grills and cookers does not drip on the ground.

Cleanup, Trash and Recycling:

  • Leave shelter and all areas of the park free of litter. Pay attention to small items such as straw wrappers, balloons, candy from pinatas, Easter eggs, etc.

  • All trash must be contained in a trash can or bagged and tied. Additional bags can be found in the trash cans or from staff in the park office, if open. Do not dispose of liquids or ice in trash bags.

  • Return shelter tables to their original position.

  • Remove all tape from the tables and shelter. Do not use tacks, nails or staples to decorate.

  • Plastic bottles, glass containers and aluminum cans are the only items accepted in the recycling bins. No plastic cups, bags, tablecloths, utensils, etc. Do not place trash or food in the recycling bin.

  • Allow adequate time to finish your activities and clean up before the park closes.


General Park Rules and Guidelines:

  • NO alcoholic beverages, water balloons, hunting, amplified music, PA systems, overnight camping, campfires, swimming/wading or littering is allowed in the park.

  • NO fishing.

  • NO tobacco and vapor products.

  • Do not feed the wildlife at the pond or elsewhere in the park!

  • Collection, removal or release of any animal, plant or mineral material is prohibited.

  • Park only in designated areas.

  • NO ATVs and other motorized vehicles.

  • No additional directional signage is permitted.

  • Stay on the trails and please do not throw things in the pond (it’s someone’s home).

  • Children should not be left unattended in the park and MUST be supervised at all times.

  • The playfield, volleyball area and playgrounds are first come, first served only – they cannot be reserved.

  • Recreational equipment such as play structures, inflatables and pools are not permitted.

  • Please report any improper activities or hazards to park staff immediately.

  • Pets must be restrained with a 6-foot leash at all times. Please clean up their waste.


Crowder County Park Rules and Guidelines


Park Office number: 919-662-2850