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 and boaters. 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 Lands 270.
Picnicking: Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout the park. Boat launches 1, 2, 3, 4 and the marina have restrooms and large picnic areas. Picnic pavilions can be reserved in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Picnic Pavilion Information
Boating: 20 hp motors permitted
The marina has 250 car parking spaces, 121 car/trailer parking spaces, a four-lane boat-launching ramp, a courtesy dock, a marina building and fueling station.
In addition to 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. Spaces on the kayak/canoe storage rack at Launch 3 can be reserved in advance for a fee.
The 240-acre portion of the lake northwest of Interstate 79 is managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as part of State Game Lands 270, while the remaining 1440 acres is managed by Maurice K. Goddard State Park. Only electric-powered and non-powered vessels are permitted 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.
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.
Boat Rental: The boat concession is open from 7 a.m. to 7 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. The concession will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries as well as hosting occasional special food events such as pig roasts, brisket, and chicken barbecue. 724-427-7062
Fishing: The 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm is a warmwater fishery. Common species are largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, muskellunge, bluegill, 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.
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: 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, ring-necked pheasant and waterfowl. State Game Lands 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
John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Trail: 12 mile loop, more difficult hiking, paved trail and roadway
Along the north shore, the scenic loop is open to hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. This section contains short, steep runs that may be difficult to climb for some bikers. The north shore has many vistas that overlook the lake. The trail on the south shore is open to hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. 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, more difficult hiking
Falling Run drops 90 feet in elevation in less than 1,000 feet, cascading over a small waterfall. Hikers will find signs of a pioneer settlement of the George Y. Stright family, including the spring house and mill pond near the trailhead. Signs of the log cabin, old gristmill and sawmill have all but vanished.
Goddard Mckeever Hiking Trail: 1.25-mile trail (0.75 mile of trail in the park), yellow blazes, difficult hiking
Guidelines for a Safe Hike
The following guidelines will help ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience while at the park.
Biking: 12 miles of trails
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: There are about 6 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: About 6 miles of trail are open for snowmobiling. The trail can be accessed at Boat Launch 4 and the parking lot below the office.
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. 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 our website or contact the park office for program schedules.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.
Explore 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.