The PA DCNR today announced that anglers and boaters have named Presque Isle State Park among the nation’s best state parks for fishing and boating in a national competition sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities.
Sponsored as part of its “Take Me Fishing” campaign, the foundation hosted the eight-week-long promotion, “Nature’s Waterpark Showdown,” to boost state park awareness and participation in the boating and fishing they offer. Beginning June 5, more than 150,000 “Take Me Fishing” Facebook fans voted on their favorite park for boating and fishing in one of eight regions of the United States.
In announcing the Northeast’s winner, the foundation noted, “Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. The gateway to Presque Isle is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), an educational center at heart, dedicated to teaching visitors about Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit this unique peninsula.”
Boaters can find four free park launches at Presque Isle. The launches, along with abundant piers and miles of beach and other shoreline, offer easy access to Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay and their populations of bass, walleye, muskellunge, Northern pike, steelhead and other trout, and a wide variety of pan fish.
Since 2007, the Take Me Fishing campaign has generated nearly $30 million for state conservation efforts. The campaign increases awareness of the need to protect, conserve and restore the nation’s aquatic resources by encouraging participation in recreational boating and fishing. For more information on Presque Isle, please click HERE.
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