Non-powered craft and registered motorboats are permitted. Internal combustion engines are prohibited in the interior lagoons, which are defined as the continuous body of water between Misery Bay and Marina Lake, excluding Graveyard Pond. Beaching of boats along the Presque Isle shoreline is permitted 100 feet outside of designated guarded zone areas and at the Gull Point Natural Area between April 1 and November 30. A slow minimum height swell speed must be observed within all park waters, which includes all waters within 500 feet of the shoreline.
Water skiing is permitted in Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Water skiing is prohibited within 500 feet of the shore except for the purpose of takeoff or approach.
A total of four launching areas are available, which can accommodate various sizes of craft:
Fluctuations in lake levels may impact launching procedures.
Open May 1 through October 31, the Marina has nearly 500 slips that can accommodate boats up to 42 feet in length. Individuals wishing to moor their craft on a permanent or temporary basis need to contact the marina office or park office to determine slip availability because there are waiting lists for permanent assignments.
For additional information, call the Marina Office (seasonal) at 814-833-0176 or 814-833-7424.
A park concession in the marina has:
On Graveyard Pond across from Misery Bay, a boat rental offers:
The boat livery is open from 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M., from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on weekends during mid-April through mid-October. Contact the boat rental at 814-838-3938 for additional information.
Water conditions can change dramatically in a very short period of time. Please heed all weather notices. For current boating conditions, listen to:
The Regional Science Consortium has real-time weather information.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration.
Non-powered boats must display one of the following:
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.
Departing from Perry Monument on Presque Isle State Park, experience the scenic beauty of the Peninsula and Erie waterfront while viewing three historic lighthouses on the 65-foot great lakes vessel, "Lady Kate." The 14-mile, 90-minute tour ventures out onto the open waters of Lake Erie.
Live narration takes place on each tour by knowledgeable guides that identify and describe points of interest while they supply enlightening information about the area's:
Tour departures vary seasonally:
Group tours may be booked for any day or time. Call for reservations at 814-836-0201 or 800-988-5780. Cruise schedules and prices are subject to change. Any trip may be canceled due to severe weather, mechanical difficulties, or fewer reservations than required.
Presque Isle Bay is popular for iceboating. Ice thickness is not monitored.