Pier 36

Dine. Relax. Play.

Looking for a fun day down by the lake? Spend time at Nelson Park’s Pier 36. The Pier 36 area includes the Beach House restaurant, a beautiful promenade, ADA compliant boat docks, and the new Decatur 9/11 Memorial. During the summer, you can enjoy Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) and pedal boat rentals on Lake Decatur. Spend some time on the lake and lakeshore by trying out a variety of activities from paddle boarding to biking or walking along the shore.


Looking for fantastic food and a great view of the lake? Visit the the Beach House restaurant located on Lake Decatur in the Pier 36 area of Nelson Park. Run by General Manager Todd Mason, the restaurant has a large list of delicious menu items to choose from. The newly renovated deck offers a spectacular view of the lake while you enjoy your meal during the spring and summer months. The Beach House also offers catering and a room to host small special events, meetings, and banquets. Call 217-422-7202 to make a reservation.

The Beach House

Marina & Boat Docks

The Pier 36 Marina on Lake Decatur currently has 29 boat docks available for rent and eight docks available for public use. Located in front of the Beach House restaurant, the gated docks include potable water, electricity, and are ADA compliant. To rent a dock for the 2018 season, call the Decatur Park District Administrative Office at 422-5911.

Stand Up Paddle Board & Kayak Rentals

Standing Paddle Co. offers stand up paddle board and kayak rentals in front of the Snack Shack in Nelson Park. For ages 8+ (minors must be accompanied by parent). They offer six adult-sized paddle boards, two junior boards and three single-seat kayaks. For more information, call Abi McIntosh at 840-4770, visit www.standingpaddleco.com, or find them on Facebook at Standing Paddle Co.

Macon Waves Pedal Boat Rentals

Macon Waves offers 5-person pedal boat rentals on Lake Decatur near the Beach House. Pedal boats can be rented from 30 minutes to seven hours at a time. For more information, call David or Shirley Hardin at 422-2668, email d.hardin1@comcast.net, or visit the Macon Waves Pedal Boat Rentals Facebook page.

9/11 Memorial

The Decatur 9/11 Memorial is a new addition to the Pier 36 area in Nelson Park. This Memorial titled “We Remember, We Rebuild, We Become Stronger,” helps us to remember the tragedy of September 11 as well as see the hope it portrays.

The Memorial incorporates all aspects of the tragedy of 9/11. The Twin Towers represent the World Trade Center and includes two unique aspects. The first is a 13 ½ foot piece of I-Beam from the World Trade Center and the second is a new I-Beam with the inscription “FREEDOM.” These towers sit on a pentagon base to represent the attack on the Pentagon. Additionally, Flight 93 is represented in the layout of the Memorial with red concrete at both 9 and 3 o’clock.

At the base of the Memorial’s two tower casings, there is an appearance of flames which represent the fires of destruction on 9/11. Moving upwards these flames turn into Doves in Flight souring high into the sky, representing that from something bad can come something good. The dedication ceremony was held on September 11, 2017 and attended by local first responders, community leaders, and members of the public.

The Decatur 9/11 Memorial

Decatur Park District