PI 365 – ‘Lagoon by Pontoon’ rides

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A nice drive on a summer day is a great way to enjoy Presque Isle State Park, but you don’t have to use a car to get around the park. 

Call it the ‘other’ way to get around; Presque Isle State Park pontoon boats.  Once again this year, Presque Isle is offering free pontoon rides around the lagoons. It’s a whole new way to look at the park and some of the creatures that live there.

Jared McGary of Presque Isle State Park, says there are “a lot of turtles basking at times, you’re seeing a lot of different birds, especially this time of year.  It’s peak migration season, so we can see over 300 different types of birds…  You can see deer, you can see a lot of really fascinating things when you come out here…” 

There are both daily rides and special rides.  Some require registration, some are first come, first serve.  The best advice?  Don’t be late.

McGary says, “just be here early, about 15 minutes early, so we can get you signed in, get the life jackets on you if you need one, so the boat can get out right on time”. 

The ‘Lagoon by Pontoon’ rides leave daily at 11, 1, and 2.  Special rides are held Tuesday and Saturday morning at 10 and Wednesday and Friday nights at 7; they require reservations.

To make those reservations or to learn more, go to dcnr.pa.gov.

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