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Lake Erie Area

Clear Creek State Forest- The Clear Creek State Forest, comprised of 9,089 acres in northern Jefferson County, 3,165 acres in Venango County and 1,012 acres in southern Forest County, is named after the crystal clear stream that flows through the Jefferson County tract.
Cornplanter State Forest- The Cornplanter Forest District includes Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties in far northwest Pennsylvania. Four State Parks within the District are Chapman, Oil Creek, Presque Isle and Pymatuning. Part of the Allegheny National Forest, managed by the United States Forest Service, and the Allegheny, Tionesta, Woodcock and Union City Reservoirs managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers are within the District as well.
Erie National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge is located in the French Creek drainage basin which retains a unique biological diversity. Many of the aquatic species are endangered in PA and the U.S.
Maurice K. Goddard State Park- The 1,860 acre Lake Wilhelm is an angler's paradise. Anglers visit the park year-round, although ice fishing accounts for many of the larger fish caught in Lake Wilhelm. The large lake, abundant wetlands, old fields and mature forests provide a diversity of habitats that attracts wildlife in all seasons.
Oil Creek State Park- The site of the world's first commercial oil well, Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. Many sites can be seen while traveling the 9.5 mile paved bicycle trail through the scenic Oil Creek Gorge or on an excursion train.
Presque Isle State Park- Presque Isle is a recurving sand spit jutting into Lake Erie and has the only surf beach in the Commonwealth. Its geological and biological diversity and its historical significance will spark your interest. The location of the park on Lake Erie makes it a favorite spot for bird migration.
Pymatuning State Park- Pymatuning is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The large lake provides excellent fishing throughout the year. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the water and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold.
Union City Dam- Union City Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since October, 1970. This project is part of the flood control system operated by the Corps of Engineers for French Creek, Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers.
Woodcock Creek Lake- Woodcock Creek Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936 and has been in full operation since February, 1974. This reservoir project is part of the flood control system operated by the Corps of Engineers for French Creek, Allegheny and Upper Ohio Rivers.

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Presque Isle State Park
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Presque Isle State Park
Description - Located in the northwestern area of the state, the Lake Erie Area was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago which created a tapestry of wetlands, rivers, lakes and forests. The region offers a smorgasbord of outdoor activities for every taste, age and ability. The new Rails-to Trails route runs through the area along with miles of other trails available to horseback riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Viewing bald eagles has become an area favorite in recent years. Swimming along Lake Erie's sandy beach in summer and ice fishing in winter are favorites too.

Attractions - The Lake Erie Region is a great playground with its miles of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Dive in to the many cultural, historical and natural wonders of this beautiful area, which includes the only surf beach in Pennsylvania.

Recreation - Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, this region is a tapestry of wetlands, rivers and lakes that are overflowing with things to do. Comb a sandy beach, maneuver your way through beautiful rolling rapids, fish for salmon in the depths of Lake Erie or bird-watch at a wildlife refuge. This region has a treasure of natural opportunities. State Forests and State Parks invite you to hike, mountain bike, boat and camp in one of their many facilities. Many of these public lands are available year-round offering swimming and water sports during the warm months, hiking, picnicking and hunting during the spring and fall, and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding during the winter months. Some of the parks even offer Frisbee golf in summer and downhill skiing in winter. One of the state's newest and fastest growing amenities is the Rails-to-Trails multipurpose paths that follow the banks of the Allegheny. What ever your taste, Pennsylvania has the miles and acreage to fulfill your desire for outdoor recreation.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Lake Erie Area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). However, it is not unusual for winter temperatures to dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and receive multiple inches of snow in one snowfall. The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - The Lake Erie Area is located in Pennsylvania's northwest corner. Ohio borders the west, New York borders the north while Allegheny National Forest and Pittsburgh Areas border the east and south.

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Erie Tourist and Convention Bureau, 109 Boston Store Place , Erie, PA, 16501, Phone: 814-454-7191, Fax: 814-459-0241
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