There’s no absence of choices for events to take part in during July at Presque Isle State Park. For information on any event, call (814) 833-7424.
Lagoons by pontoon: A free, one-hour interpretive pontoon boat tour of the park’s interior lagoons takes place every day in July at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sign-ups start at 10 a.m. at the pontoon boat station at the livery. First-come, first-served, with a limit of 16 people per tour. The boat is handicapped accessible and can accommodate two wheelchairs at a time.
Evening lagoons by pontoon: Wednesdays and Fridays, July 3 through July 30. Registration for the boat’s 16 seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis by phone starting at 10 a.m. Monday for either of that week’s free rides. Meet at the pontoon boat station at the livery.
Presque Isle bike tour: Join a naturalist July 6 from 10 a.m. to noon for a 10-mile cycling tour. Learn about park history during the free event. Meet at the Cookhouse Pavilion parking lot; helmets are required. No fee or registration.
Purple Martin nest check: Watch officials do a nest check and collect data about the birds that return to Erie each spring after a 5,000-mile journey. Join a Purple Martin Conservation Association field biologist and a park naturalist at the Rotary Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. July 12 or at the West Pier at 10 a.m. July 17. No fee or registration required.
Eco paddle: Join a park naturalist July 20 at 10 a.m. for a 2-hour paddle. Bring your own boat or rent one from the concession. Meet at the pontoon boat station at the livery. No fee or registration required.
Full-moon kayak tour: Experienced paddlers 18 and older are invited to participate in a night paddle of the lagoons July 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Life jacket, night illumination and a whistle are required for each paddler. Limited loaner equipment is available. Safety compliance will be checked. Registration is $6 payable at the event. Preregistration is required and there is a limit of 20 paddlers. Meet at the pontoon boat station at the livery.
Discover Presque Isle geocache bash: On July 27 from noon to 4 p.m., get in on the search for 12 caches hidden around the park. The first 100 cachers to find all of the caches and return to the pavilion by 4 p.m. will receive a commemorative coin. Meet at Pine Tree Pavilion at Beach 9 at noon to register and receive coordinates and instructions. Entry fee is $12 and participants must have their own GPS units.
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