Erie Bluffs State Park
Twelve miles west of the city is Erie Bluffs State Park, 587 acres along the Lake Erie shoreline in western Erie County. It is the largest undeveloped stretch of Lake Erie shoreline remaining in Pennsylvania.
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 oak savannah sand barren ecosystem and forested wetlands. The only developed area of the park is Elk Creek.
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 basis at the Elk Creek Access area of the park.
Boating: A boat launch suitable for small motorized watercraft, kayaks, and canoes is available at the Elk Creek Access area of the park. This launch allows 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. The Access Area portion of the park is open 24 hrs for use by fishermen.
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.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. 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.