Although back to school traditionally means swimming pools have fewer open days and shorter hours, there’s still time to enjoy summer fun at Pennsylvania state parks, even after the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Swimming is a recreational opportunity offered at many state parks. Fourteen parks have pools. While most of them are open for the Labor Day weekend, many are offering reduced hours because lifeguards, who are most often high school and college students, have returned to school.
Many swimming beaches at state park lakes are open into the school year because they operate under the “open swim” policy, meaning you swim at your own risk and schedules are not dependent on lifeguard availability. This allows visitors to enjoy a longer swimming season.
There are 54 state parks with designated swimming beaches
These 14 Pennsylvania state parks offer swimming pools
How to Find Swimming Opportunities at State Parks
It’s a good idea to call the park -- or check the park’s webpages -- you are planning to visit to make sure the facility is open before you go.
Whether you like to dip your toes in a lake, sit on a beach, or lounge in one of our pools, DCNR welcomes you to spend the last few days of summer with us at a Pennsylvania state park.