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Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1 Erie, PA 16505-2042
Park Manager: Mathew D Greene
Contact Info: 814-833-7424
presqueislesp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 5 Alerts )

  • Most restroom facilities are closed on the Park at this time.  The restroom facilities that are open are:  Public Safety Building, Niagara Boat Launch, Rotary Pavilion and the Perry Monument.

  • Presque Isle State Park does not monitor ice depth anywhere on the Park.

  • The Ski Concession, located at Shelter # 1 is open from November 1st - March 31st providing there is 4" of snow to ski or 10" of snow for snowshoeing. 

  • Firewood Advisory: Invasive Beetles found in Firewood Threaten Forests! Before bringing firewood to a Pennsylvania State Park, please read the information in the linked page about a very real threat to forests in Pennsylvania and all of North America. Firewood Advisory

  • Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Park Description

Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.

Things To Do ( 12 Available)

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    Education Programs

  • Scenic_View

    Sight Seeing

  • Historical_Site

    Historical Places

  • Scenic_View

    Scenic View

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Cross_Country_Ski

    Cross Country Skiing

  • Swimming

    Swimming

  • Picnic

    Picnicking

  • Hunting

    Hunting

  • Boating

    Boating

  • Hiking

    Hiking

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    Trails

    • Gull Point Trail
      Easiest 1.37 miles
      Gull Point Trail is subject to severe washouts and erosion along the lakeshore. The trail is sometimes relocated a short distance inland to passable ground.
    • Multi-Purpose Trail
      Easiest 10.87 miles
      The paved multi-purpose trail starts near the park entrance and completely encircles the park for a total distance of approximately 12.5 miles. Most of the trail surface is paved asphalt, however many of the original sections are concrete slab construction.
    • Duck Pond Trail
      Easiest 0.51 miles
      Trail connects the paved multi-purpose trail with the Old Gas Well Trail.
    • A Trail
      Easiest 0.14 miles
      Connector trail between Dead Pond Trail and main park roadway near Pine Tree Pavilion.
    • Boat Landing # 3
      Easiest 0.04 miles
      This short trail allows easy walking access to Long Pond for fishing and wildife viewing.
    • Ridge Trail
      Easiest 0.29 miles
      Trail connects the maintenance access road to the Marsh Trail.
    • Fox Trail
      Easiest 0.45 miles
      Trail connects Sidewalk Trail and the maintenance access road.
    • Boat Landing # 4
      Easiest 0.08 miles
      This short trail allows easy walking access to Long Pond for fishing or wildlife viewing.
    • Marsh Trail
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      Trail connects the Sidewalk Trail with the maintenance compound access road.
    • B Trail
      Easiest 0.13 miles
      Connector trail between Dead Pond Trail and main park road west of Sunset Point.
    • Old Gas Well Trail
      Easiest 0.30 miles
      Trail is an old unpaved road leading to an existing gas well that is used to provide heat to the nearby marina buildings.
    • Canoe Portage Trail
      Easiest 0.17 miles
      Trail leads from the paved multi-purpose trail to marina lake.
    • Pine Tree Trail
      Easiest 0.49 miles
    • Gull Point Trail
      Easiest 0.23 miles
    • North Pier Trail Aka Rifle Range Rd
      Easiest 0.71 miles
      This old road was originally developed to allow US Coast Guard personnel access to a now closed rifle range, hence the long standing name of Rifle Range Road.
    • Sidewalk Tail
      Easiest 1.25 miles
      This historic trail was originally constructed by the the U.S. Lighthouse Service as a path from the Presque Isle Lighthouse to the U.S. Lighthouse Service boathouse in Misery Bay. The trail was once a wooden boardwalk and was resurfaced with concrete in 1925.
    • Fox Trail
      Easiest 0.19 miles
      The paved multi-purpose trail starts near the park entrance and completely encircles the park for a total distance of approximately 12.5 miles. Most of the trail surface is paved asphalt, however many of the original sections are concrete slab construction.
    • Graveyard Pond Trail
      Easiest 0.64 miles
    • Old Gas Well Trail Aka X-Country Ski Trail
      Easiest 0.24 miles
    • Gullpoint Trail
      Easiest 0.41 miles
    • Long Pond Trail
      Easiest 0.54 miles
    • Leo'S Landing Access Road
      Easiest 0.23 miles
      This is a dirt access road off of the main park inbound lanes that leads to the water's edge of Presque Isle Bay.
    • Multi-Purpose Trail
      Easiest 2.95 miles
      The paved multi-purpose trail starts near the park entrance and completely encircles the park for a total distance of approximately 12.5 miles. Most of the trail surface is paved asphalt, however many of the original sections are concrete slab construction.
    • Waterworks And Cookhouse Sidewalk
      Easiest 0.22 miles
      Sidewalk connects the Waterworks Picnic Area to the Cookhouse Pavilion area and Ferry Slip.
    • Dead Pond Trail
      Easiest 1.65 miles
      Dead Pond trail connects the Sidewalk Trail with the park roadway near Misery Bay.
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