Erie Bluffs State Park
The 587-acre Erie Bluffs State Park lies along the Lake Erie shoreline in western Erie County, twelve miles west of the city of Erie.
The park has one-mile of shoreline, 90-foot bluffs overlooking Lake Erie, Elk Creek - a shallow stream steelhead fishery, several plant species of conservation concern, uncommon black oak woodland/savannah, Great Lakes region sand barren ecosystems, and forested wetlands. The only developed areas in the park are the Elk Creek Access area and the Main Entrance parking lot.
Erie Bluffs State Park is designated as a day-use park, with the exception of fishing and boating. Swimming is not permitted at the park.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Contact the Presque Isle State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Several picnic tables and a small pavilion are available on a first come-first served, non-reservable basis at the Elk Creek Access. A rustic restroom is open year round.
Boating: A 24-hour boat launch suitable for small motorized watercraft, kayaks, and canoes is available at the Elk Creek Access allowing boaters and fishermen to access Lake Erie. Fluctuations in lake and stream elevation may impact launching.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing for steelhead in Elk Creek and the mouth of Elk Creek as it enters Lake Erie. The Elk Creek Access is open 24 hours for use by anglers. Elk Creek is a world-class shallow stream steelhead fishery with steelhead runs from late fall to early spring. Steelhead, a type of rainbow trout, reach 30 inches or longer and inhabit the cool waters of Lake Erie and seek rivers for spawning.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: Over 500 acres are open to hunting, trapping, and the training of dogs from the day after Labor Day through March 31. Common game species are deer, turkey, and small game.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Geocaching: Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The goal is to locate outdoor hidden containers, called geocaches, and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people of all ages. A list of caches at the park can be found at www.geocaching.com
Hiking: 5.16 miles of trails
Black Oak Savanna Trail: 0.3 mile, easiest hiking
Bluffs Edge Trail: 0.39 mile, easiest hiking
Duck Run Trail: 0.69 mile, easiest hiking
Fishermans Footpath: 0.13 mile, more difficult hikig
Lookout Trail: 0.22 mile, easiest hiking
Timber Trail: 0.97 mile, easiest hiking
Transition Trail: 1.1 miles, easiest hiking
West Overlook Trail: 0.57 mile, more difficult hiking
Whitetail Crossing Trail: 0.6 mile, easiest hiking
Wildflower Way: 0.19 mile, more difficult hiking
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: There is a certain peace and tranquility in Erie Bluffs State Park during the winter; and the view can be breathtaking. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to enjoy the park in winter, especially with a lot of snow on the ground. Ungroomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are located on hiking trails and service roads throughout the park.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Erie Bluffs State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education, interpretive and recreational programs. Through hands-on educational activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Programs are offered year round. Contact the Presque Isle park office for more detailed information.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
Exlore environmental education and interpretation for more information.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.