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Where to Swim

These parks have a pool or beach for swimming.


Many Pennsylvania state parks have lakes or pools for swimming. Splashing around in water is a great way to cool off on a hot day, and swimming laps is great exercise.

Lakes and some pools are free, but some pools charge an admission fee.

Admission fees at Pennsylvania State Park swimming pools vary based on the type of operation. Some pools are operated by park staff and may or may not have an admission fee. The admission fees in the Price Guide are for park operated swimming pools that charge a fee. To determine the admission fee for the swimming pool in the park you plan to visit, please contact the park for the most current admission fee information.

Guarded/Non-guarded Beaches

With the exception of Presque Isle State Park and Fuller Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, all park beaches operate under the "Open-Swim" policy. Lifeguards are not present, however beaches are patrolled by park staff. Swimming is permitted only at designated beaches, within the buoy line from 8 a.m. to sunset, daily. Visitors are urged to be vigilant when their children are swimming. Please follow posted rules and regulations. Should you have any questions, please contact the park office.

Presque Isle is as close to ocean swimming as can be found in Pennsylvania. Long sand beaches and small waves make it a very popular summer destination. Presque Isle has different rules from other state park lakes. Swimming is only permitted when the beach is open and when lifeguards are on duty. Presque Isle beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Swimming Pools

Lifeguards are on duty at park swimming pools.


Beaches (except Presque Isle) are open to swimming from before Memorial Day to after Labor Day, unless otherwise posted, under the open swim policy--swim at your own risk. The exact opening and closing dates vary at each park. Swimmers should read posted instructions for regulations on swimming.

Pools are usually open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Lifeguards are on duty when pools are open.

Swimmers are permitted to use soft water toys like inner tubes, noodles and air mattresses, unless otherwise specified. All children ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age.

Pets are prohibited in swimming areas.

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.