About Presque Isle State Park
Presque Isle State Park is a natural gem of Pennsylvania. While providing a home for many (some rare) migrating birds and other creatures, the Park is a place for recreational activity with breathtaking immersion into nature. This 3,200 acre park comes with sandy beaches to walk year-round. TripAdvisor ranks the park as the number one attraction of Erie, Pennsylvania. Walk, Bike, see the turtles and birds, or relax with a beautiful sunset. Make sure you stop at The Tom Ridge Environmental Center for the stunning 75ft “tower view” of the Park and for unique and helpful Erie visitor information.
French for “nearly an island,” Presque Isle is a seven-mile strip of land thrusting itself into Lake Erie. The Erie Indians held that the sweeping curve of Presque Isle was the left are of the Great Spirit extending across the waters to protect them.
Today, the peninsula, as local residents call it, is home to Presque Isle State Park and a remarkable array of animal, bird, and aquatic life. More than 4 million people visit the park each year to swim, fish, hike, bike, bird watch and more.
Exciting things happen here on this compact spit of land. Waves crash on sandy beaches, constantly changing the shoreline. Herons fish in still marshes. Turtles sun themselves in beautiful lagoons. Whitetail deer and coyote slip soundlessly through old-growth forests.
Visit the official Presque Isle State Park website at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/presqueisle/