Pets

Visitors to state parks must abide by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources state park guidelines which are as follows:

(a) Except as provided in subsections (e) and (f), an owner, keeper or handler of a pet may keep the pet in a State park only in accordance with subsections (b)–(d) and only under the following conditions:

  1. It is on a leash or is in a cage or crate. If a maximum length of leash is specified by posting, the leash may not exceed the length specified.
  2. It is attended and under physical control of an individual.
  3. It does not behave in a manner that may reasonably be expected to disturb or intimidate another person.
  4. It does not behave in a manner that may cause damage to property or resources.
  5. Its droppings are disposed of in trash receptacles or outside the park.
  6. It has been licensed and vaccinated as required by law.

(b) A pet is not permitted in a designated swimming area.
(c) A pet is not permitted in an overnight area unless the area is designated by the Department for pets.
(d) A pet is not permitted in a building.
(e) Subsection (a)(1)–(5) does not apply to a dog being used by a person engaged in hunting or training.
(f) Subsections (b), (c) and (d) do not apply to a guide dog, signal dog or other animal which has been trained to assist, and is accompanying, a person with a disability.

Leashed dogs are permitted to be on the sand and in the water at the following areas:

Between breakwalls 11-21 (east end of Barracks Beach to west end of Beach 6)

Between breakwalls 45-50 (east end of Presque Isle Lighthouse to west end of Beach 9)

Between breakwalls 54-58 (east end of Beach 9 to west end of Beach 10)

Thompson Bay to north side of Beach 11 (access from Thompson Circle parking area)

North Pier Trail; south side of Beach 11 to North Pier (access from North Pier parking lot)

People may not swim in these areas. Wading up the knee, no more than 10 feet from shore, is permitted.

Dogs must be kept at the tree line on any beach area that is not designated.

Do not allow dogs to chase wildlife or birds.