on February 13, 2001
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200 acre sandy peninsula going 7 miles into Lake Erie.
Located next to the City of Erie, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, Presque Isle offers terrific recreation and educational opportunities for the all.
The park is reached by PA Route 832 or via boat. The road system within the park forms a loop about 14 miles in length. This loop is popular with sightseers.
There are hundreds of picnic tables are available for year-round use.
There is boating and a marina as well.
You may go to the Watercraft Concession and rent canoes, rowboats, motorboats, and electric powered boats.
Water Skiing is very popular too.
The swimming beaches are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
Fishing: Common species are perch, coho, smelt, walleye, rainbow trout and bass in Lake Erie, and panfish, perch, bass, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, crappies, smelt, and coho in Presque Isle Bay.
Picnic Pavilions: A limited number of picnic pavilions are available for rental. You will need to make advance reservations at the park office.
Hiking: A 7-mile trail network is very popular.
There is a 5.8-mile multi-purpose trail that begins at the park entrance and ends at the Perry Monument. This trail is popular with bicyclists, joggers and roller skaters.
Birdwatching at Presque Isle is a favorite spring and fall event with hundreds of 300 species and is considered one of the 10 best birding locations in the U.S.
The park is open throughout the year. A popular winter activity is ice fishing and occurs on Presque Isle Bay, Misery Bay and in the Marina area. A winter sports concession is located in the all-purpose building at Beach No. 7 from November 1 to March 31.
Lagoon pontoon boat tours are available at schedule times from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Watercraft Concession.
In addition to the boat rentals at the watercraft concession, food and refreshment concessions are located at several locations.
For more information contact: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Presque Isle State Park P.O. Box 8510 Erie, PA 16505 Telephone: (814) 833-7424
For general state park information call: 1-800-63-PARKS.
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