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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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September 13th 2009

Buckets Fishing Charters

5 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara

150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

35 State Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Lake Effect Sailing

West Canal Basin near foot of State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake Erie Outfitters

421 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

Titan Tow Sea Ray

Lakeshore Towing Services Inc & Wolverine Park Transient Marina

34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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North East Marina

11950 Lake Road
North East, PA 16428

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Port Erie Sports

402 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - Canadian Sailor

Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - The Lady Kate

Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - Water Taxi

3 pick up locations along Presque Isle Bay
Erie, PA 16507

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Presque Isle State Park

Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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U.S. Ariel Historic Adventure

2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Victorian Princess Cruises

Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507