Maurice K. Goddard State Park
The 2,856-acre Maurice K. Goddard State Park features the 1,860-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.
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.
Picnic Pavilion Information
Make a reservation.
Boating: 20 hp motors permitted
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: 724-877-4241
Fishing: The 1,860-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.
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
Multi-use Trail: 12 mile loop, moderate hiking, paved trail and roadway
Falling Run Nature Trail: 0.7-mile loop trail yellow blazes moderate hiking
Goddard Mckeever Hiking Trail: 1.25-mile connector trail (0.70 miles of trail in the park) orange 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 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.
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.