Whether you like to quietly row on a small lake or jet around with the wind streaming through your hair, there's lots of opportunities to get on the water in Pennsylvania state parks. There's even whitewater boating in rafts, kayaks and canoes.
Whether you like to quietly row on a small lake or jet around with the wind streaming through your hair, Pennsylvania State Parks has a lake for you. If you don't have a boat, many state parks rent boats. Pennsylvania State Parks also offers whitewater boating.
Know and obey the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks. For complete boating information visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats launched in the park 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.
Some state parks have shoreline mooring, marinas and/or dry land mooring areas. For all areas, it is best to contact the individual park directly to determine availability of a space, cost and how to secure a space. "Where to Boat" above lists which parks have mooring and marinas.
Shoreline mooring season is from April 1 to October 31. Marina space availability depends on the size of your boat. The size of your boat determines the cost.
Some parks operate dry land mooring areas for an annual fee. Space is assigned and the boat kept on it's trailer. The season for this is from April 15 to October 31. Contact the individual park for availability.