Boating


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is represented by this colored map.

Where to Boat

This chart lists the facilites for boating in Pennsylvania State Parks, including sailing, motor size, lake acreage, launch facilities, boat mooring, boat rental and marinas.

 

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.


For the true, diehard outdoor enthusiast, there is nothing like iceboating to stir up those inactive wintertime juices. Iceboats must have state park launching permit. 

"Where to Boat" above indicates with a snowflake symbol the lakes that permit iceboating.

Find out where there's ice in the winter activities report, online from December until spring thaw.

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.

Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, make sure ice is at least 6” thick and carry safety equipment.

Ice Safety

  • For a single skater, four inches of solid ice is the minimum thickness recommended, while seven inches of solid ice is the minimum thickness recommended for a small group.
  • Spread out. Crowds can put too much weight onto one area.
  • Ice thickness is not consistent across a body of water. Perimeter ice is weaker due to shifting, expansion, and sunlight reflecting off of the bottom.
  • Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants, and docks. These structures absorb heat, weakening the surrounding ice.
  • Stay away from areas with multiple or intersecting pressure cracks. Changing air temperatures and standing water on ice can weaken and crack the ice.
  • Use extra caution on rivers and streams where ice can appear thicker than it really is. Moving water wears away ice from below the surface.
  • Venturing out on ice alone is not advisable. Take a friend along for fun and for safety.
  • Wear a PFD (life jacket).