Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania
This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way to Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region.
We began our New England trip by driving north up I-71 through Columbus to Cleveland. There we turned east on I-90, driving out of Ohio into Pennsylvania. We exited onto Rte 832 and continued northeast into Erie. On the lakefront at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, Rte. 832 became Peninsula Drive. We drove onto a narrow peninsula roughly 2 miles long that connected the mainland to the isle.
This is from the park’s web site:
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating.
Presque Isle is a day-use park that provides year-round recreational opportunities. Overnight accommodations are available nearby.
The neck of the peninsula is attached to the mainland four miles west of downtown Erie. The park creates Presque Isle Bay, a wide and deep harbor for the city of Erie. The bay attracts many pleasure boats and worldwide freighters — making Erie an important Great Lakes shipping port.
A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state’s endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.
Whether you come to enjoy the sandy beaches, study ecological diversity, or learn about the historical significance of the peninsula, there is something for everyone at Presque Isle State Park.
Peninsula Drive loops around the isle. I’m sure these aren’t the migrating birds the article referenced, but they are the birds we saw the day we were there.
We stopped at other Lake Erie beaches.
Of course, there was a lighthouse.
And other attractions besides waterfront.
These floating vacation rentals looked interesting.
There is a monument to the Battle of Lake Erie.
Here is a Wikipedia account of the battle:
The Battle of Lake Erie, sometimes called the Battle of Put-in-Bay, was fought on 10 September 1813, on Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio during the War of 1812. Nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of the British Royal Navy. This ensured American control of the lake for the rest of the war, which in turn allowed the Americans to recover Detroit and win the Battle of the Thames to break the Indian confederation of Tecumseh. It was one of the biggest naval battles of the War of 1812.
Although the battle took place at Sandusky, Ohio, the American fleet was constructed and harbored at Erie in Presque Isle Bay.
From the south side of the Isle you have a view of Erie.
Having spent hours in the park, we drove back onto the mainland to see the Erie lakefront.
There was a small marina.
And like all Great Lakes ports, there is a cut channel connecting other parts of the city to Lake Erie.
Having finished our stop to see Presque Isle State Park, we drove southeast out of Erie and back onto I-90 to continue east.
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