For the Beach Lover: Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle State Park

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Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania© 2009 VisitErie.comBricks laid five layers thick helped the lighthouse weather fierce storms.

301 Peninsula Dr., Ste. 1, Erie, Pennsylvania

Seven miles of pristine beach can be enjoyed in this 3,200-acre park on a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. Fifteen miles of paved trail provide a great place for walking, biking, or in-line skating.

In addition to the swimming beaches, reached by a loop road, the park also has about 20 miles of hiking trails, some leading around inland ponds and a lagoon. Spring anglers bring in bass, walleye, steelhead, and perch. Birders come from all over the world for spring and fall migration.

In winter Presque Isle is a wonderland, with trees and ground mantled by sparkling white snow. Cross-country ski trails abound, and ice fishing attracts hundreds of enthusiasts. Visitors will be thrilled by the incredible ice dunes that form. From the inland side of the peninsula, which hooks back toward the mainland to form Erie Harbor, the city of Erie serrates the horizon when the weather is clear.

Open year-round.

www.dcnr.state.pa.us

(814) 833-7424

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