Moraine State Park
The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction.
Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.
Hiking - Biking - Mountain Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Windsurfing - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Cross-country Skiing - Sledding - Snowmobiling - Iceboating - Ice Fishing - Ice Skating - Organized Group Tenting - Cabins - Camping
Seasons and Hours: The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. Park information, launch permits, cabin information and assistance can be obtained at the park office near the entrance to the South Shore. It is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and weekends during the summer. The Davis Hollow Marina office on the North Shore provides marina applications, launch permits and general park information. It is open from April 15 to October 30.
Picnicking: Picnic tables, charcoal grills and restrooms are located throughout the day use areas and marinas. Some facilities are ADA accessible. Seven picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. All picnic areas are open from sunrise to sunset.
Swimming: Swimming is permitted at two beaches along the shore of Lake Arthur. The Pleasant Valley Beach on the South Shore is a 1,200-foot turf and sand beach and has a paved path into the water. A sand volleyball court and playground are on the west side of the beach. Lakeview Beach on the North Shore is a 550-foot sand beach.
The beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day unless otherwise posted. The regular hours are sunrise to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Showers, changing facilities and snack bars are available at both beaches. To keep these areas clean and safe, pets are prohibited in the beach areas.
Smoking is prohibited on the South Shore Beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices.
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Snack Shop Concessions: The Lakeview Beach Concession is at Lakeview Beach on the North Shore, about five miles from PA 422. The second snack shop is at Pleasant Valley Beach along Pleasant Valley Road on the South Shore, about one mile from PA 422 and 1/2 mile from the park office. The concessions serve a variety of hot and cold fast foods including beverages and deserts. Food is available daily Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The snack shops can be reached at the following phone numbers: Lake View Concession: 724-368-9699; Pleasant Valley Concession: 724-368-8546.
Boating: up to 20 hp motors permitted
Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use 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.
Crescent Bay Boat Rental: Pontoon boats, motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rowboats and sailboats are available at this rental concession. Motorboat fuel, ice and fishing bait are also available for purchase. www.moraineboatrentals.com
Davis Hollow Marina: The marina has motorboat fuel, a sanitary dumping station for boats and seasonal mooring for almost 700 vessels. Slips are designated for: 313 sailboats, catamarans and motorboats; 232 pontoon boats; 36 canoe rack spaces; 38 offshore mooring; and 80 dry mooring. A limited number of first-come, first-served transient spaces are available for short term stays. Outdoor winter storage for boats is also available in the park. Contact the marina office in advance to make sure space is available.
Watts Bay Marina: This area provides dry mooring for sailboats and catamarans only. The marina can accommodate 138 boats in numbered parking spaces complete with tie-downs, and 36 small sailboats and sailboards in rack spaces. An additional 20 numbered parking spaces are available near or adjacent to the boat launch.
Lake Arthur Sailing Club: This non-profit organization promotes recreational sailing on Lake Arthur. www.lasc.mycommunityhost.com
Moraine Sailing Club: This non-profit organization promotes recreational sailing on Lake Arthur. morainesailingclub.org/website/
Windsurfing: Barber Point, near Lakeview Beach, is popular for windsurfing due to stronger winds and sparse boat traffic. A state park launching permit is required for wind surfboards. All boating regulations apply to wind surfboards.
Remote Automatic Weather Station: In addition to monitoring fire danger, the weather station collects current weather conditions at the park, which are especially useful for sailing and boating. The website displays wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, relative humidity, rain gauge, solar radiation, barometric pressure, and fuel temperature and moisture. http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/roman/meso_base.cgi?stn=TT138&time=GMT
Fishing: The 3,225-acre Lake Arthur is a warm-water fishery. Common species are northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks muskellunge, walleye, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.
Volunteers, park employees and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission employees have installed fish habitat structures throughout the lake. A map showing fish habitat project locations, water depths and specific features of the lake is available at the park office, marina office and the gift shop at McDanels Boat Launch.
ADA accessible fishing piers are at Bear Run Boat Launch, Park Road Boat Launch and McDanels Boat Launch, which also are great spots for children to fish.
Fishing is prohibited in these areas:
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: About 13,600 acres of Moraine State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are waterfowl, deer, turkey, grouse, bear, rabbit, pheasant and squirrel. No hunting areas are posted.
A map is available at the park office showing portions of the park open to hunting. No hunting areas are posted.
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.
Hiking: 28 miles of trails
For the safety of all park visitors, please keep dogs leashed and under physical control at all times.
Sunken Garden Trail: 2.4 or 3.6 miles, easiest hiking, pink blazes
When conditions permit, the trail is groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter. Access the trail near the Pleasant Valley Boat Launch parking lot. From the park office travel toward the Pleasant Valley Marina and take the first right turn.
Hilltop Trail: 1 or 1.4 miles, more difficult hiking, green blazes
Pleasant Valley Trail: 1.9 miles, easiest hiking, yellow blazes
Five Points Trail: 1.3 miles, easiest hiking, light green blazes
Glacier Ridge Trail: 14.8 miles, most difficult hiking, blue blazes
Wyggeston Trail: 1.5 to 4.6 miles, most difficult hiking, yellow blazes
Biking: 7 miles of trails
Mountain Biking: 6 miles of trails
Bike Rental: On North Shore Drive, about 1 1/2 miles from PA 422, the bike rental is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. They rent single and multi-speed/geared bikes, tag-a-longs, children's and tandem (two-person) bikes, and also child seats, helmets and child pull behind trailers. Rentals are at your own risk. Neither the bicycle concessionaire or the park is responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur during your rental. Please ride defensively and be aware of others on the trail. 724-368-9011, if no answer 724-510-5195.
Horseback Riding: 20 miles of trails
Disc Golfing: An 18-hole disc golf course is in the Lakeview Day Use Area. For more information contact the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society. www.pfds.org.
Camping is available at nearby private campgrounds and information is available at the park office.
Backpacking: The Link Road Overnight Shelter on the North Country National Scenic Trail is available to backpackers by reservation only.
Modern Cabins: Eleven modern cabins are available for rent year-round. These electrically heated cabins sleep six people and have two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, kitchen, dining/living area and a dock on Lake Arthur during the summer season. Renters must provide their own linens, towels, cookware and tableware. Play equipment for children is in a central area. Cabin 11 is ADA accessible. Dogs are permitted in cabins 7 and 11 for a fee.
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Organized Group Tenting: There are two tent camping areas available for organized groups: Muskrat Cove and Five Points. These rustic camps have picnic tables, cooking grills and water, but no showers. Advance reservations are required.
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Enjoy the Winter
Cross-country Skiing: Pleasant Valley and Sunken Garden trails are groomed when snow conditions permit. The trails are blazed blue and are suitable for all skill levels.
Sledding: A very popular sledding area is near the Pleasant View Picnic Area on the South Shore.
Snowmobiling: Conditions permitting, 26 miles of trails in the north and west portions of the park can be snowmobiled. There must be at least six inches of snow on the paved bike trail. Studded track snowmobiles are prohibited on the paved bike trail. Please refer to bulletin boards for additional rules and regulations for snowmobiling.
Ice Fishing: Common species caught are largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike. Conditions permitting, ice fishing is permitted in the Game Propagation Area from January 1 through March 15. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Ice Skating: The cove by the Pleasant Valley Day Use Area is popular for ice skating. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Iceboating: Iceboats must display a state park launch permit. Ice thickness in not monitored.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Moraine 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. Teacher workshops and educational programs for students are available. Please contact the park office or go to www.visitPAparks.com for more information.
Pontoon boat tours of the lake board at McDanels Boat Launch. These tours are provided through the Moraine Preservation Fund
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
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Pontoon boat tours of the lake board at McDanels Boat Launch. These tours are provided through the Moraine Preservation Fund. Programs on the boat teach about the wildlife of Moraine and the development of Lake Arthur. The pontoon boat operates on a regular schedule throughout the summer. The pontoon boat is open to the public and is also available for charters for a fee.
The Regatta at Lake Arthur
Every August the Regatta at Lake Arthur is two days of activities including, entertainment, education, boat races and family fun. Visit their Web site www.lakearthurregatta.org.
Access for People with Disabilities
ADA accessible flush toilet restrooms are located in the Pleasant Valley Picnic Area, Pleasant Valley Beach, Pleasant View Picnic Area, Bear Run Boat Launch, McDanels Boat Launch, Park Road Boat Launch, 528 Boat Launch, Lakeview Beach Area and the Davis Hollow and Watts Bay marinas.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.