My husband and I visited Auburn for a football game and decided to visit this park to canoe as a Sunday excursion before we headed home.
First and most importantly this park is four dollars per person to enter the park. Not four dollars to park your car. Not four dollars per car. Four dollars per person to even enter. I am not from Alabama, so maybe this is a standard rate for this area, but in the state I am from there are rarely park fees, and if there are, they are simply parking fees. On top of that park fee you have to pay per hour to use the canoes, paddleboats, or kayaks. This is extremely expensive for a park that clearly has not been updated in any way since the 1950s.
The staff was extremely disorganized and couldn't seem to come to a conclusion about how we should pay for the canoes. The first person we spoke to suggested we had to pay at the booth, but when we came to the booth to pay, a very disgruntled State Park Law Enforcement officer acted like we were crazy to suggest paying there and made it clear he was inconvenienced by us.
The staff were having a birthday party for a coworker when we came, so they were all busy having cake and singing, which I understand, it's a casual working environment - but you should still make an effort to serve paying park visitors. It would seem to me that a small park such as this one would value tourist dollars more than they did.
The people visiting the park honestly were not much friendlier. There were so many people smoking and cursing, I do not feel this would be a great place for families.
The positives are that the person renting the boats was very friendly, and once you actually get out on the lake it is very pretty.
I guess it's something to do if you want to extend your time in Auburn, but there are probably better ways to spend your time. We had such a great experience in Auburn with this one exception.
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