After entering Shelley Lake through one of the many paths, you start the two-mile paved trail that encompasses the lake. The route is relatively flat, except for two hills that bookend the dam.
Most visitors prefer to take a leisurely stroll with their dog or friends and family around the lake, but you can also run or bike the trail. The route is beautiful and rejuvenating, no matter what you decide to do.
The picnic tables are good for families to eat around and take in the scenery. Occasionally, visitors will use these tables as a playing surface for games, such as chess.
During the pandemic, many people, including students, must conduct their daily work activities online. Since you no longer have to be physically present, many people have taken to setting up their workspace outside. These picnic tables often have workers spreading their papers over the table or typing away on their laptops at them.
Teens and adults working on their devices often occupy the benches. If not working, people are using the benches to sit and read their books or listen to music. Many of the lake visitors take their everyday activities and do them at the lake because they find it to be a more calming location.
The center holds pottery, painting, jewelry, and other classes for all ages. You can register for these classes online instructions on how to do so are on the center’s website. Due to COVID-19, a few extra safety procedures are in place to protect visitors before and during their visit.
Behind the Sertoma Art Center is a good-sized playground split up into two sections. The right playset is for children ages 2-5. The playground equipment to the left is for children 5-12. There is also a swing set shared between the two sides. The separate equipment protects the younger children from the older and more rambunctious ones. Kids can wear themselves out playing on the playground while their parents partake in classes at the art center.
The fishing pier is on the west side of the lake below the bathhouse. Here fishermen can spend hours trying to catch the largemouth bass, channel catfish, and blue catfish native to the lake.
If fishing isn’t your sport, there are also two large fields on the east side of the lake that people use as sporting fields. Visitors play soccer, football, frisbee, and other sports on these fields. A little ways away from the fields is a basketball court. The fields and court provide ample opportunity to play the sport of your choosing at the lake.
Shelly Lake also has a course of exercise stations around the perimeter. These stations include stretches, pullups, and other activities. They allow for an optimal workout while at the lake.
Shelley Lake is a local park that provides work areas, art classes, an area for children, fishing locations, and workout opportunities in the picturesque outdoors.