Longest Gulf of Mexico Fishing Pier
The 1,540 feet Alabama Gulf State Park Pier is the longest fishing pier on the Gulf of Mexico.
The pier is located in the Alabama Gulf State Park between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL (map)
 
Gulf State Park Pier Phone Number: 251-967-3474

Gulf State Park Pier Information

Other Common Pier Names: Orange Beach Fishing Pier, Gulf Shores Fishing Pier
Approximate GPS Coordinates:
     Base of Pier: 30.248797N - 87.667668W
     End of Pier:  30.246556N - 87.667668W

Opening Date: July 20, 2009 @11:00am - Grand Opening: July 23, 2009
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Pier Manager: Teresa Carlisle
Pier Dimensions/Size:
• Length: 1,540 feet (longest on Gulf of Mexico)
• Width:  20 feet
• Height: 20 feet (above high tide)
• Pier house/Picnic area 8423+ sq. feet
• Mid-Pier 65' x 65' octagon
• End Platform Size: 90' x 90' octagon
• 2,448 feet of fishing space along rails
• 45,000+ sq. feet foot print
• Water depth at end at high tide: 28'
• Water depth at end at low tide: 26'
Amenities:
• Air conditioned Concession w/ seating
• Souvenir, Bait & Tackle Shop
• Wheelchair Accessible Rail Fishing Stations
• Restrooms at entrance and mid-point
• Shaded areas at entrance, mid-point and end
• Picnic Tables and benches throughout
• Lowered railings for wheelchair accessibility
• Fish Cleaning Stations
• Electrical Outlets Every 100' on both sides
• Turtle Friendly Lighting for Night Fishing
Prices:
Parking for 241 cars
Anglers - Adults & Children 12 years old & over
Child 11 years old and under (w/ paying adult)
Child 11 years old and under (w/o paying adult)
Non-fishing Visitors (Sightseers)
Additional Rods (over four)

Weekly Pass
Monthly Pass
Semi-Annual Pass
Annual Pass

Free
$8.00 per day
Free
$4.00 per day
$3.00 per day, or $2.00 for one trip
$3.50 each

$40.00 per week
$80.00 per month
$160.00 per 6 months
$320.00 per year
Pier Rules:
• No Pets
• No Soliciting
• No Reels over 4.0
• No Cast or Gill Nets
• No Wire Crab Traps
• No Spears or Spear Guns
• No Bed Rolls, Cots, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping
• No Skates, Skate Boards, Bicycles, Running, Horseplay
• No Fireworks, Firearms, Sling Shots
• No Beach Umbrellas, Lounge Chairs
• No trolley rigs
• No Alcohol
• No Shark Fishing
• No standing or sitting on rails
• No jumping/diving off of pier
• No child under 12 years of age will be allowed on the pier unless accompanied by an adult
• No Boating Zone within 300’ of Pier

• Only one rod in use per Angler
• Bottom fishing up-wind/up-current
• Float fishing down-wind/down-current
• Good conduct/sportsmanship required
• 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
• One crab basket per person (must be attended- no crabbing and fishing at the same time)
• Pre-cooked foods & drinks allowed - No Cooking on Pier
• Alabama Saltwater Fishing License Required (Click here for Pricing Info)
 Fishing licenses are available:
     1) at the Pier,
     2) by calling 1-888-848-6887, or
     3) online at the Outdoor Alabama Website

Pier Reefs:

Linestone Pyramid Artificial Fishing Reef
Twelve (12) limestone reef pyramids have been strategically placed at three locations around the end of the pier. The pyramids measure 10 feet at the base and stand 8 feet tall. One reef, approximately 20x50 feet, is made from components of the old pier.  The reefs were installed by The Reef Maker.

The old pier, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 16, 2004, was 14 feet wide and 875 feet long. The new pier is 250 feet east of the old pier. Debris from the old pier were used as artificial reef material.

Click here to view more pictures and videos of the variety of reefs that are used in area waters.
Mariculture Center:
A buried saltwater transfer line transports water from the Gulf of Mexico to the Marine Resources Division’s Claude Peteet Mariculture Center located north of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The saltwater is used in culture ponds and brood-rearing tanks.

Click on the above link to learn more about the Mariculture Center.

Click here for our article about Redfishing in Orange Beach & Gulf Shores that includes information about the Mariculture Center.
Claude Pete Mariculture Center
Commonly Caught Fish
  w/ Regulations:
Limit Size
King Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Cobia/Ling
Flounder
Speckled Trout (Spotted Seatrout)
Pompano/Florida Pompano
Tarpon ($50.00 tag required to possess,
              kill or harvest each tarpon.)
Red Snapper
Lane Snapper
Vermilion Snapper (beeliner)
Mangrove Snapper (gray, black)
Gray Triggerfish
Tripletail (Blackfish)
Banded Rudderfish
Red Drum

2 per person
15 per person
2 per person
10 per person
10 per person
3 per person


2 per person
Reef fish aggregate
10 per person in reef fish aggregate
10 per person
Reef fish aggregate
3 per person
No creel limit
3 per person, (1 oversized fish in
   the 3 fish creel limit)
24" min. FL
no size limit
33" min. FL
12" min. FL
14" min. TL
12" min. TL
60" min. TL

16" min. TL
  8" min. TL
10" min. TL
12" min. TL
14" min. FL
16" min. TL
14-22" FL
16-26" FL
Always check the Official Regulations and Limits for recent changes.
Commonly Caught Unregulated Fish:
Atlantic Bumper (Crazy Fish)
Black Drum
Bluefish
Blue Runner (Hardtail)
Catfish (Hardhead & Gafftop)
Croaker
Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish (Skipjack)
Leather Jack
Bonita (Little Tunny)
Mullet
Pinfish
Pigfish (Grunt)
Scaled Sardine (LY, Alewife)
Barracuda (Sennet)
Sheepshead
Silver Perch (Sweet Trout, Yellowtail)
Spadefish
Skate
Stingray
White Trout (Sand, Silver Seatrout)
Whiting (Ground Mullet, Gulf Southern Kingfish)
Construction:
Time to Build: 18 months
Cost: $14.8 million
Material Used: Concrete, Steel, Wood
Construction Co: LCI Construction Memphis
Construction began in December 2007. In 2008, waves from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in damaged the end of the pier, causing a construction delay. Weather conditions and high waves during the first half of 2009 also greatly hindered construction progress.

Pictorial Guide  to Fish Identification:
Related Links:


Gulf State Park Pier Grand Opening Photos



Gulf State Park Pier Photos



April Fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier

Fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier: fox10tv.com