Presque Isle is located on Lake Erie, off the shore of the state of Pennsylvania. Although it is a state park, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources didn’t have adequate funding to maintain and develop the park. Since they are tasked with maintaining and preserving the state's 121 state parks and 20 state forests, their resources are stretched a bit thin.
So, in 1994, several like-minded citizens got together to create a non-profit organization called The Presque Isle Partnership. The mission they had in mind was to fund and complete projects that were needed, but that the DCNR and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were not able to work on.
Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre peninsula which arches into Lake Erie. It has a wide variety of activities available to the visitor, such as hiking, swimming, bicycling, fishing and boating. It is also home to many of the state’s rare and endangered species.
Over the years, the Presque Isle Partnership’s projects have ranged from lighthouse restoration to ADA accessible piers to providing 60 recycled aluminum picnic tables. They’ve also created a Nature Play Space at beach 11, and a new pavilion at Perry Monument. The partnership is dedicated to helping to preserve and improve this wonderful and scenic state park for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.