Maurice Goddard State Park offers beautiful lake activities in addition to its complex maze of trails. Popular primarily during the summer months, it's a great place to have a day trip with your dog. Hikers are free to enjoy 16 miles of total trails here, including several different levels of difficulty. For experienced hikers, there's the John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Trail Loop, which contains two sections.
The northern portion will get you to some beautiful waterside views but has a lot of steep, small runs that can be quite taxing for less able individuals. The southern side follows the shoreline and connects to several additional trails in the network, and terminates at Lake Wilhelm Road.
Park officials suggest that guests do their research before hitting these trails by grabbing a copy of the park trail guide, either as a PDF through the Pennsylvania State Parks' website or at the Maurice Goddard State Park central offices. If you'd like to take your doggo out for a walk on these paths, make sure you bring a leash along to keep them on.
Several doggie trash stations exist on the trails, so make sure you clean up any messes your dog might drop. Maurice Goddard State Park offers some excellent fishing opportunities on the 1680-acre Like Wilhelm. Notable species available here are largemouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, and perch among others. An ADA accessible fishing pier called Rounded Point offers sitting areas for any would-be anglers.
No rental services exist here, but a concession stand offers bait, line, and other fishing necessities. Canines are allowed in the Rounded point area, as well as the shoreline areas of Lake Wilhelm as long as they're on a leash during their stay. The lake also welcomes boating, with a 241 slip marina and 48 space drydock available during the popular seasons.
The marina offers free public parking, trailer access, and a four-lane boat launching area that's great for groups. Seven addition boat launches dot the shore here, so guests will have an easy time finding a spot to drop anchor when they arrive. Guests can feel free to bring their dogs along for a boat ride, as long as they're kept clear of any indoor boat structures.