Saturday, April 7, 2007
Presque Isle State Park PA
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula
that arches into Lake Erie. Lake Erie is located in Erie
County, Pennsylvania. Presque Isle offers its visitors
a beautiful sandy coastline and many recreational activities,
including (free) beach swimming, boating, fishing, hiking,
biking, and skating. It's a beautiful place to spend a hot
summer day. If you want to stay longer, it's a great
place for camping. Cabin rentals are available.
There are eleven sandy beach areas of Presque Isle.
The beachs of Lake Erie, provide visitors with the only
surf & swimming within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Presque Isle State Park has approximately 11 miles of
hiking trails at the park. Bicycling and skating are not
permitted on hiking trails. There is a paved Recreation Trail that
makes aproximately 13.5-miles long. This trail is popular
among bicyclists, skaters, and joggers.
Fishermen come from all over to fish the waters of Lake
Erie. Common species are perch, bass, walleye, trout and
steelhead. Panfish, perch, bass, muskellunge, walleye,
northern pike, crappies, smelt and steelhead can be found
in Presque Isle Bay. Bowfishing is permitted. Popular shore
fishing locations are Waterworks and Ferry Dock ponds, East
and West piers, Perry Monument, North Pier, lagoons, and
all boat landings.
Picnic facilities with tables and grills are available throughout
the park. Picnic pavilions are available for rental, accommodating
from 30 to 200 people. You must make advance reservations to
Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend
to Labor Day. The regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For general state park information or to reserve a campsite,
cabin, picnic pavilion or an organized group tenting area,
you can call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, Mon. to Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.