Many visitors to Alabama’s beautiful beaches have no idea about the freshwater lake within walking distance from its shores.
Yet, right across from The Lodge at Gulf State Park is the Lake Shelby complex with three freshwater lakes and various fish species. Lake Shelby is 592 acres, Middle Lake covers 193 acres, and Little Lake has 39 acres.
The lakes are mostly freshwater, with species like largemouth bass, crappie, bream, and catfish available. At times, brackish water with enough salinity will migrate into certain areas and hold speckled trout, redfish, and blue crab.