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COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021:  Effective Sunday December 6, 2020

  • All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.

  • This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.

  • Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered.  Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.

Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:

  • Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed

Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors

  • The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.

  • If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

  • The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.

  • This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.     If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order.  The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.

If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.

Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks.  For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit.  If you have questions please contact the park office.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

 

Moraine State Park

The gently rolling hills, lush forests, and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction.

The central feature of the park is the 3,225-acre Lake Arthur with 42 miles of shoreline. Each year, more than one million boaters, picnickers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, cabin renters, and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices.

Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement and provides a variety of year-round recreational opportunities.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.

Park information, launch permits, cabin information, and assistance can be obtained at the park office near the entrance to the South Shore. The park office is open year round, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and weekends during the summer.

The Davis Hollow Marina office on the North Shore provides marina applications, launch permits, and general park information. It is open from April 15 to October 30.

Reservations

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

 

Directions

Moraine State Park is in northwestern Pennsylvania near the crossroads of I–79 and I–80. It is bisected by PA 422 running east/west and PA 528 running north/south.

To access the South Shore Area, take the South Shore Exit off PA 422.

To access the North Shore from PA 422, take the North Shore Exit.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.9395  Long. -80.0971

 

Top 10 Activities at Moraine

  1. Bike the paved, seven-mile trail from the Bicycle Rental to the Davis Hollow Marina.
  2. Spend the night in a lakefront cabin.
  3. Take the Trail of Geology driving tour and climb to the top of the Jacksville Esker Glacial Deposit just north of the park.
  4. Rent a pontoon boat, kayak, or canoe and explore the 3,225-acre lake.
  5. Try your hand at the challenging 18-hole disc golf course.
  6. Visit the waterfowl observation deck for a chance to see ducks, loons, bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons.
  7. Hike the Glacier Ridge Trail for spectacular scenic overlooks.
  8. Have a picnic with a view at the Lakeside Picnic Area in the South Shore.
  9. Charter a cruise on Moraine Preservation Fund's Nautical Nature enclosed pontoon boat.
  10. Glide along the Sunken Garden Trail on cross-country skis when the snow falls.

Snack Shop Concessions

The Lakeview Beach Concession is at Lakeview Beach on the North Shore, about five miles from PA 422.

The second snack shop is at Pleasant Valley Beach along Pleasant Valley Road on the South Shore, about one mile from PA 422 and 1/2 mile from the park office.

The concessions serve a variety of hot and cold fast foods including beverages and desserts. Food is available daily -- Memorial Day through Labor Day -- from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Moraine State Park Regatta

Every August, the Moraine State Park Regatta is two days packed full of activities including:

  • Boat races
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Family fun

Learn, Experience, Connect

Moraine State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreational programs. Through hands-on educational activities, guided walks, and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Teacher workshops and educational programs for students are available.

Programs are offered year round. Please contact the park office for more information.

Pontoon Boat Tours

Pontoon boat tours of the lake board at McDanels Boat Launch. These tours are provided through the Moraine Preservation Fund.

Programs focus on the wildlife of Moraine and the development of Lake Arthur.

The pontoon boat operates on a regular schedule throughout the summer. The pontoon boat is open to the public and is also available for charters for a fee.

Snow and Ice Conditions

The Winter Report provides ice and snow depth information for state parks.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the parking area near the North Shore Bicycle Rental.

Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. ADA accessible flush toilet restrooms are located in:

  • 528 Boat Launch
  • Davis Hollow Marina
  • Lakeview Beach Area
  • McDanels Boat Launch
  • Park Road Boat Launch
  • Pleasant Valley Picnic Area
  • Pleasant Valley Beach
  • Pleasant View Picnic Area
  • Watts Bay Marina

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact an employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

Butler Memorial Hospital
One Hospital Way
Butler, PA 16001
724-283-6666

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