Presque Isle State Park

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.

301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1, Erie, PA 16505-2042







Mathew Greene


Upcoming Events

Presque Isle History Series:  Joe Root

Hear the story of Joe Root by first-person interpretation and learn how his life became legendary. Join Park Naturalists at the Tom Ridge Environmental...

2/28 6pm
Winter Stroll in the Park

Experience nature in the winter on this guided 2-mile walk along the trails of Presque Isle State Park. Dress in layers with tread-sturdy boots. Meet at...

3/4 10am
Presque Isle History Series:  Misery Bay & Graveyard Pond

From the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 to present day, discover the legends and latest finds that tell the story of these two bodies of water on the peninsula....

3/7 6pm
Outside the Window:  Frogs

Parents and adults may bring children ages 3-5 to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to listen to frog calls, sit for a story, create a craft to take home...

3/8 10:30am
Evening Fireside Talk:  Coyote & Fox

Eastern coyote and red fox both call Presque Isle State Park home. Enjoy an indoor fire and hot beverages at the Rotary Pavilion. Bring a blanket and your...

3/10 7pm

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Sandra Kozloff

Sandra Kozloff left a positive review 7/31/2016

I conducted this tour for my graduating class. Everyone was pleased with the opportunity to have access to the park in this way and enjoyed the nature facts and history of the area. This is an offering on the park that many do not know about!

Sandra Kozloff

Sandra Kozloff left a positive review 1/22/2017

As always, the program was well presented with obvious care to preparation. The slide show was appropriate and there were many objects that provided first-hand experience. Emily was personable, approachable and at ease. She provided good information and answered questions adequately. I would recommend this program become a "regular" in the program rotation. There was a lot of interest and I think there were many people who were unable to attend due to size of venue and number of those interested. The Lighthouse volunteers/staff were happy to provide an assist and we handed out a few volunteer applications!

Allen Rose

Allen Rose left a positive review 12/31/2016

Very enjoyable. Will do this again next year!

Daniel Keith Williams

Daniel Keith Williams left a positive review 1/1/2017

A pleasant, unique experience. I personally would walk a longer distance. I enjoy the unique opportunity to walk the Lake Road in the dead of winter, after park operation hours, with the sound of waves crash to shore, and the Erie bayfront's city lighting glowing across the Presque Isle Bay.

marlene metzler

marlene metzler left a review 12/10/2016

Informative, well organized with a good presentation, but lacked the creativity of Christmas ornaments as last years 3 stations nature ornaments presented.

J Hetrick

J Hetrick left a positive review 9/2/2016

It was fabulous! I can't thank our guides enough for how knowledgeable they were about the region and how diligent they were about pointing out the wildlife so that the visual became meaningful. I can't wait to do this again! Thanks DCNR!

Jen Durham

Jen Durham left a positive review 9/2/2016

This was a great event! We had so much fun and learned a lot. Great itinerary and the staff was so nice, helpful, and very knowledgeable.

Stacy Pondo

Stacy Pondo left a positive review 8/26/2016

Our family had a great time camping this past weekend. The DCNR staff were very knowledgeable and relayed the information to us well. We enjoyed all of the activities planned for us. They were great cooks too!

Theodore A. Garro

Theodore A. Garro 8/22/2016

Where do you sign up for the night pontoon rides?

JoLynn Baker Seagriff

JoLynn Baker Seagriff posted a photo 8/21/2016

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