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On the Water

Go Ahead,Splash Around

Erie is best known for its water so what better way to experience our destination than ON THE WATER?! From the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie to our various streams and creeks, you'll find plenty of watery adventures! 

Erie’s largest outdoor playground and National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle State Park, on the shores of Lake Erie and beautiful Presque Isle Bay, welcomes over 4 million visitors each year. Get in the waters of Lake Erie for swimming, surfing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and more.  Seven miles of sandy beaches and world-class sunsets await you.

Take a ride on any one of our sightseeing cruises - Scallywags Pirate Adventures, Victorian Princess Cruises, Canadian Sailor, The Lady Kate, U.S. Brig Niagara, Lettie G. Howard, U.S. Aerial or the Port Erie Water Taxi.  We also have boat rentals and more at Port Erie Sports! (full listings are below). 

Fish from shore or stream, bring your boat or hire a charter! Marinas, boat launches and bait and tackle concessions dot Erie’s Bayfront. Northwest Pennsylvania is one of the country’s greatest angling destinations and Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay and the surrounding creeks, streams, tributaries and ponds are the places to land your big catch!  

Check out our recommendations below and set sail for our shores!

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Swimming/Beach Status

There are 12 permitted public bathing beaches along the Erie County shoreline, 11 at Presque Isle State Park and 1 in North East, PA. The Erie County Department of Health works with the managers at both locations to ensure that the public is aware of the current swimming status for these beaches. Every Sunday and Monday for Presque Isle beaches and every Monday for the North East beach, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, water samples are collected and analyzed from 36 total sites.

The status of those results are published to an interactive web map that the staff at the Erie County Department of Health developed and launched in 2018. The Erie County Health Department wants everyone who visits Erie to enjoy our beaches and be able to make informed decisions based on the current swimming status for themselves and their families.

Get up-to-date information regarding swimming and beach conditions at Presque Isle State Park.

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Buckets Charter Fishing

724-321-6729
5 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara

814-452-2744
150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

724-316-2529
35 State Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Lake Effect Sailing

814-434-0600
West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake Erie Outfitters

814-860-1144
421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Lakeshore Towing Services Inc & Wolverine Park Transient Marina

814-453-6387
34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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North East Marina

814-725-8244
11950 Lake Road
North East, PA 16428

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Port Erie Sports

814-452-2628
402 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Boat Tours/Canadian Sailor

814-455-0055
Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Boat Tours/The Lady Kate

814-836-0201
Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501

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Presque Isle Boat Tours/Water Taxi

814-455-0055
3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle State Park

814-833-7424
Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

814-453-2627
2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

724-880-1283
Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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Victorian Princess Cruises

814-459-9696
Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507