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.
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Presque Isle State Park
- 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).
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.