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Visit Our Beaches

Erie’s warm summer temperatures and soothing waters provide numerous reasons to escape the worries of everyday life. One of the best ways to do that is to spend a day at one of Erie’s sandy beaches!

Presque Isle State Park

Designated as a National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200 acre peninsula that curves into Lake Erie and features seven miles of sandy surf beaches, providing visitors with the only surf swimming within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 11 public swimming beaches at Presque Isle provide the perfect summer getaway and some of the most spectacular sunsets in the country! Swimming is permitted on guarded beaches, which are numbered and marked throughout the park. Presque Isle’s beaches are open year-round and are popular spots for kite flying, watching the world-class sunsets or picnics.

Things to Do Beaches PISP

A few things to keep in mind before you visit Presque Isle’s Beaches:

  • Parking and admission are free!
  • Smoking is prohibited on many of Presque Isle State Park’s beaches. Please only smoke in designated areas.
  • On guarded beaches, leashed dogs are permitted in the treeline only. Leashed dogs are permitted on the sand and in the water on unguarded beaches. Click here for a list of approved beaches to take your pet.
  • First aid services are located at the former lifeguard building near Beach 7. The Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Presque Isle ALS Response Unit patrols the beaches to provide faster medical treatment.
  • Presque Isle beaches are guarded and open for swimming daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. The regular hours are Noon - 7:30 p.m.

Presque Isle State Park Beaches and Amenities :

  • Beach 1: Large beach located near the park entrance with restrooms and a reservable pavilion
  • Beach 3 (Barracks Beach): Public restrooms, three picnic pavilions, smoke-free beach.
  • Beach 6: Large beach with eight sand volleyball courts, beach house with changing areas, public restrooms, and concessions
  • Beach 7 (Waterworks Beach): This beach features a ramp providing ADA access to the waters edge. Beach wheelchairs are available at the Beach 7 Lifeguard Headquarters free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis during the regular swimming season (Memorial Day - Labor Day, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.). For availability and further information, contact the Lifeguard Headquarters at (814) 833-0526.
  • Beach 8 (Pettinato Beach): Changing areas, public restrooms, concession area, and a ramp providing ADA access to waters edge.
  • Mill Road Beaches: Unspoiled, quiet shoreline. No swimming and smoke-free.
  • Beach 9: Picnic facilities and public restroom available.
  • Sunset Point: Also known as Kite Beach for its popularity with kite flyers
  • Beach 10 (Budny Beach): Public restrooms, changing area and concessions available
  • Beach 11: The most sheltered beach on Presque Isle with shallow water, Beach 11 is regarded as the best beach for young kids. The large beach features a beach house with changing areas, restrooms and concessions, and is adjacent to a playground and picnic pavilion.

Download the Presque Isle and Downtown District map!

Beaches Freeport Beach

Freeport Beach

Freeport Beach is a small community beach located in the quaint town of North East in eastern Erie County. The rocky coastline is a haven for visitors searching for beach glass and using metal detectors. The beach has picnic areas, a playground, washrooms, volleyball nets and a snack bar. It is guarded from 10 a.m. to sunset every day from June 4 to Labor Day. (Pictured left)

Pat Crawford Beach

Located approximately 15 minutes south of Erie in the college town of Edinboro, Pat Crawford Beach sits on Edinboro Lake, a peaceful 245-acre lake that’s a perfect, quiet getaway. The beach is open for swimming Memorial Day to Labor Day and is guarded from noon to 4 p.m. An adjacent playground and picnic area provides plenty of space to unwind and relax. two free public boat launches with public parking and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. The lake is unlimited horsepower rated, allowing for water skiing and the use of personal watercraft.

Shades Beach

On the shores of Lake Erie, Shades Beach is located at 7000 E. Lake Road in the town of Harborcreek. This sandy beach is a popular spot for families because of its shallow Lake Erie waters, and it’s a great gathering spot to watch Erie’s famous sunsets on the Lake. There are trails, woodlands, play areas, horseshoe courts, a beach area, boat launch and picnic grounds including two picnic complexes with full kitchens and restrooms.

Swimming/Beach Status

The Erie County Department of Health works with the managers at all area beaches to ensure that the public is aware of the current swimming status. Every Sunday and Monday for Presque Isle beaches and every Monday for Freeport Beach, from Memorial Day weekend to mid-September, water samples are collected and analyzed from 36 total sites. The Erie County Health Department wants everyone who visits Erie to enjoy its beaches and be able to make informed decisions based on the current swimming status for themselves and their families.

Up-to-date water quality testing results

Presque Isle Lifeguard Stand Beach sunsizzlephotos

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