Memorial Lake State Park offers boating, hiking, and fishing throughout the warmer months. It's short, flat paths are a perfect place to visit with a dog. Two total miles of hiking trails exist in Memorial Lake State Park, offering casual hikes throughout the year. These paths provide multiple scenic viewpoints from which to check out the park's 85-acre Memorial Lake.
Visitors can choose from the aforementioned Lakeside trail or the Grassland Trail. This path passes through the park's famed butterfly fields. The butterflies are a season attraction, so guests should check park updates via the Pennsylvania State Parks' website to find out if they'll be able to catch them.
Canines are welcome on these trails, as long as you bring a leash to keep them on and take care of any messes they might drop. Memorial Lake has a robust boating community, with two boat launches and an ADA accessible dock. There are 48 shoreline boat spaces here for visitors, as well as eight boat racks if you need to make hull repairs.
Kayak and paddleboat owners are welcome to bring their vessels, provided they stay clear of motorized boats enjoying the deeper waters. Kayaks and paddleboats can be rented for either a half day or full day with a small additional fee. If you bring a boat, make sure it's displaying current registration.
Canines can accompany mariners on lake expeditions provided they steer clear of indoor shoreline structures. Come winter time, a small, one-mile area in the Middle Road mooring cove is roped off for ice skating. Visitors are invited to bring their skates or rent some from the park's concession stand.
All guests of the Memorial Lake State Park are reminded that as the weather changes, ice thickness can vary. It's important to stay vigilant as you enjoy the ice, as early warnings to park staff can help prevent any accidents. Dogs are unfortunately barred from any of the ice skating areas.