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The sandy beaches, washed by the clear waters of Lake Erie, provide visitors with the only surf swimming within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. The regular hours are 12:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. For more information, call the park office at 814-833-7424.

Swimming Area Pet Guidelines

Inside designated guarded zones, leashed dogs are permitted in the tree line area only. Outside of designated guarded zones, leashed dogs are permitted on the sand and in the water. People may not swim outside designated guarded zones however, they may wade up to their knees, no more than 10 feet from the shore. In addition, dogs must never be left unattended, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

Smoke-Free Beaches

Smoking is prohibited on several Presque Isle State Park beaches. For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes:

  • Cigarettes
  • Pipes
  • Cigars
  • E-cigarettes
  • Other handheld, lighted smoking devices

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