Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The 2,856-acre Maurice K. Goddard State Park features the 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm, which is very popular with anglers. Many recreational activities attract visitors in all seasons. The large lake, abundant wetlands, old fields and mature forests provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife, especially waterfowl, eagles and ospreys. Adjacent to the park to the Northwest of I-79 is State Game Land 270.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Picnicking   -  Pavilions   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Sledding   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating  

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible. Picnicking: Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout the park. Boat launches 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Marina have restrooms and large picnicking areas. Picnic pavilions can be reserved in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

A large picnic pavilion is shaded by trees at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnic Pavilion Information

Launch 140No
Launch 240No
Launch 3100Yes
The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Marina100Yes

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Boating: 20 hp motors permitted
The 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm has a 241-slip marina and a 48-space dry land mooring area available from May 1 to October 31.

The Marina has 250 car parking spaces, 121 car/trailer-parking spaces, a four-lane boat-launching ramp, two courtesy docks, a marina building and fueling station.

In addition to the boat launch area at the Marina, there are seven other boat launches around the lake. Four are within the state park and three are in the state game lands.

Only electric-powered and non-powered vessels are allowed in the Game Commission section of the lake.

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.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

Boat Rental: The boat concession is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. Pontoon boats, row boats, motorboats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent. Items for sale include gasoline, fishing bait and tackle, and prepackaged snacks and refreshments. 724-253-2782 Out of season: 724-967-3623

A fishing boat travels across a large lake at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm is a warm-water fishery. Common species are largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, bluegill, crappie, catfish, perch and sunfish. A bait and fishing tackle concession is available at the marina. An area called the “Rounded Point,” near the Marina parking lot, has an ADA accessible fishing pier. All 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.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting: Over 1,155 acres of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, plus Lake Wilhelm, are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer and waterfowl. State Game Land 270 is adjacent to the park.

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 car, trailer or leased campsite. 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.

Hiking: 14 miles of trails
A leaf-covered hiking trail winds between trees at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Pennsylvania.The trails pass near the lake, through forests and fields.

Multi-use Trail: 12 mile loop, moderate hiking, paved trail and roadway
Trail parking can be accessed along the trail by parking at boat launches or the Marina area. The main trail parking area is on Lake Wilhelm Road between the bridge and the park office.This scenic trail is composed of two trails. The Wilhelm Trail is on the North Shore and hiking, biking, and snowmobiling is permitted. This section of trail contains short, steep runs that may be difficult to climb for some bikers. The north shore has many vistas which overlook the lake.The Cross-country Ski Trail in on the South Shore and cross-country skiing, hiking and biking is permitted. The south shore of the lake has areas of trail that share the road with motor vehicles. The trail runs from the dam to Lake Wilhelm Road.To complete the loop, hike Lake Wilhelm Road to connect the south and north portions of the trail.

Falling Run Nature Trail: 0.7-mile loop trail yellow blazes moderate hiking
This self-guiding nature trail follows some of the old logging roads as it winds its way to the hemlock forested Falling Run Ravine.Falling Run drops 90 feet in elevation in less than 1,000 feet and it cascades over a small waterfall. Hikers will find signs of the pioneer settlement of the George Y. Stright family, including; the spring house, log cabin chimney and mill pond near the trailhead. Signs of the old gristmill and sawmill have all but vanished.

Goddard Mckeever Hiking Trail: 1.25-mile connector trail (0.70 miles of trail in the park) orange blazes difficult hiking
This trail connects Maurice K. Goddard State Park to the trail system of McKeever Environmental Learning Center. As you climb the steep hillside of Coal Hill, note the sealed coal mine shaft going into the hillside just before you break over the crest.

Guidelines for a Safe Hike

The following guidelines will help ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience while at the park.

  • Check the weather before you hike. It is not safe to hike in thunderstorms or when heavy snow is expected.
  • Wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet.
  • Carry the proper safety equipment like a poncho, first aid kit and a whistle.
  • During hunting season wear flourescent orange when hiking in areas open to hunting.
  • Carry drinking water. DO NOT drink from streams, springs or lakes without properly treating the water first!
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Do not try to get close to wild animals.
  • Stay on the trail. If you hike off of the trail, you might get lost or cause damage to unique natural resources.
  • Let someone know where you are hiking and when you should return.
  • Give yourself plenty of time for your hike. Plan to be off the trails well before dark.
  • Don’t overestimate your abilities. Use a map to select the trail and distance.

Bikers enjoy the forest lined bike path at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Pennsylvania.Biking: 12 miles of trails
A 12-mile paved bicycle trail follows the shoreline. It can be accessed from Launch 4, Marina, Launch 2, Launch 1, Dam and Dugan’s Run. The trail is open to two-way bicycle traffic, hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Stay to the right while bike riding. Please park bicycles off of the trail to avoid obstructing traffic.

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Cross-country Skiing: There are eight miles of trails marked for cross-country skiing for beginner to expert skiers.

Sledding: There is a one-acre hill for sledding at the dam.

Snowmobiling: There are 6 miles of trail within the park. Boat launches are access points for the trail.

Ice Fishing: Ice fishing accounts for many of the larger fish caught in Lake Wilhelm.

Ice Skating: Launch 3 has an unmaintained ice skating area.

Iceboating: Iceboats must display a current state park launch permit.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

A wide variety of interpretive and educational programs are offered May through September at the Environmental Learning Center in the Marina. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources. Visit the Web site or contact the park office for program schedules.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.

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Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.