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Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park
The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.
The man-made 3,225-acre Lake Arthur has 10 public boat launches. Sailing conditions are ideal, and races, regattas and sailing instruction classes are held throughout the summer. Boats up to 20 hp motors are permitted.
Lake Arthur is home to the annual Regatta held every August. This year’s 2-day “The Regatta at Lake Arthur” takes place in early August at the Pleasant Valley Beach area on Moraine State Park’s South Shore. There are plenty of things to do such as sailboat races, Puddleduck boat racing, canoe and kayak races, crafts, food and more.
Open year round for recreational opportunities, Lake Arthur is a warm-water fishery. Common species are northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. Swimming is permitted at two beaches along the shores. The Pleasant Valley Beach on the South Shore and Lakeview Beach on the North Shore.
In addition to the water activities, numerous hiking and biking trails can be found around the lake.
Moraine State Park is located in northwestern Pennsylvania near the crossroads of I-79 and I-80. It is bisected by PA 422 running east/west and PA 528 running north/south. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Park information, launch permits and assistance can be obtained at the Park Office near the entrance to the South Shore.