State Park Alerts

Best Summer Night Concert at Beach 11

On Friday, June 22, the Presque Isle Partnership, in cooperation with Presque Isle State Park, will be hosting the Best Summer Night concert featuring the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton on Beach 11 (Kohler Beach).

Please note that Beach 11 (Kohler Beach) will be closed on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 due to set-up for the concert. Also, starting on Friday, June 22 at

4 PM, access to North Pier from Beach 11 will be closed to the general public. Guests arriving at the Pier before 4 PM are welcome to stay, but no admittance will be permitted after this time, with the exception of houseboat owners and Coast Guard members with passes.

In order to ensure safety and protect the natural resources, please be advised that there will be a boating and mooring restriction on a portion of Thompson Bay starting Friday, June 22 at 4:00 PM. This limited access boating and mooring restriction will end following the conclusion of the concert.

The restricted boating and mooring area will be clearly marked with buoys and patrolled for visitor safety by DCNR and its public safety partners.

In anticipation of heavy boat traffic, Presque Isle State Park is encouraging boating visitors who are interested in this unique concert to purchase tickets, as great seats are still available.


Be advised that an ADA access ramp will be placed, temporarily, at Beach 11.  The ramp provides ADA access to the water's edge and is adjacent to picnic areas, playground equipment and a reservable picnic pavilion.  Upon completion of construction at Beaches 7 and 8, ADA access at Beach 11 will close and be replaced with ADA access at Beach 8.

Beach 8 Project

Beach 8 section of the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail will be closed beginning Tuesday September 5, 2017, due to construction activity.  A detour has been established along Peninsula Drive and West Fisher Drive to connect back to the Multi-Purpose Trail at Beach 7.

State Park Advisories

Stull Center Parking Lot

Please be advised the Stull Center parking lot will be closed on Sunday mornings until 11:15am, June 10, 2018 through August 12, 2018.

Seasons and Hours: Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

  • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

  • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

  • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

  • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Gull Point Update

The Gull Point Trail is now open, however, please be aware that the trail is still very muddy.  If you decide to hike the trail, please be prepared for the mud to be mid-shin in certain places of the trail.

Firewood Advisory: Invasive Beetles found in Firewood Threaten Forests! Before bringing firewood to a Pennsylvania State Park, please read the information in the linked page about a very real threat to forests in Pennsylvania and all of North America. Firewood Advisory