Presque Isle State Park occupies a pristine part of the Lake Erie shoreline, offering some of the only surf opportunities in the entire state. Boats are permitted in Presque Isle State Park, provided they're up to date on registration. Unregistered motorboats are strictly prohibited, and all engine-based boat activity is forbidden inside the interior lagoons.
These areas at Presque Isle State Park include any bodies of water between Misery Bay and Marina Lake with the notable exception of Graveyard Pond. In some regions of the park, beach boats are also allowed during peak seasons. Guests must adhere to the minimum "height swell speed" on all waters contained within Presque Isle State Park.
A total of four boat launches are offered to guests, catering to vessels of all shapes and sizes. The largest of these is the West Pier Launch area, which has four lanes and can cater to any type of craft imaginable. A marina was built on the lagoon in 1996 that can support up to 500 boats with their custom slips.
The adjacent offices also house a bait shop and refueling station. Dogs can get out on the water with their owners, provided guests use best practices and keep their animals safe. When docked, dogs are barred from any of the indoor structures at the Presque Isle State Park.
Swimming is done on the shore of Lake Erie, which provides the only surf swimming in Pennsylvania. These beaches are open seasonally and are generally staffed with lifeguards during the summer months. For more information on public swimming, give the park offices a call at 814-833-7424. Dogs are only allowed up to the tree line in all of the designated swimming areas.
Eleven total miles of trails wind their way throughout Presque Isle State Park, offering guests a diverse assortment of experiences to choose from when visiting. Of the eleven different pathways, the most popular tends to be the Karl Boyes Multi-purpose National Recreation Trail.
After getting an extension and makeover in 2006, this trail now stretches for over 13 miles, making a loop around the park grounds. It's entirely ADA accessible and is friendly to cyclists and in-line skaters as well as foot traffic. Canines are welcome here as long as they're kept on a leash, and guests do their best to clean up any messes they leave behind.