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Music at the Marina: The Musical Event on Wilhelm’s Waters

The Maurice K. Goddard State Park, located in Mercer County PA, features Lake Wilhelm, a popular site for anglers, that constitutes over half of the park’s 2,856 acre area. The habitat Maurice K. Goddard State Park provides is composed of marsh, mature forest, and the fresh water lake, all of which promote an abundance of life. I would take advantage of Lake Wilhelm; the marina has 250 parking spaces, a four lane launch ramp (as well as seven other boat launches around the lake), as well as a marina building that provides fuel, bait and fishing tackle, and is open from 7am-7pm May 1 through Labor Day. Rent a kayak, pack a summer picnic (but don’t feed the animals), and go out on the open water to get a view of the lake and those famous Pennsylvania trees and hills or use the waters to fish with the family for largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, muskellunge, bluegill, catfish, perch, and sunfish.

On August 14th, this marina will be booming with the music of local artists for the Friends of Goddard (FroG) annual music festival. Food vendors, local artists, and a fireworks display make this evening a special opportunity, especially with the backdrop of Lake Wilhelm to reflect the fireworks in an explosive display of color. And it gets even better… it’s free! For a full list of artists performing at the music festival, visit the website or search Music at the Marina at Maurice K. Goddard State Park.

The Maurice K. Goddard State Park also contains fourteen miles of trails that pass near the lake as well as through the forests and hills that can be seen all around from the open water. For the more seasoned hiker, the John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Trail is a 12 mile loop leading to many vistas overlooking the lake. The Falling Run Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile loop trail along some of the old logging roads through Falling Run Ravine. Follow this trail for the steep cascade of Falling Run Ravine as well as signs of the cabin, gristmill, and sawmill of the pioneer Stright family. The following link will give you a more complete guide to safely traverse the hiking trails of this state park: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/mauricekgoddard/#hiking.

Brandon Sherbo, Guest Blogger

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