Presque Isle State Park

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At a campaign rally in Erie last fall, President Donald Trump diverged from his usual talking points and brought up a seemingly dull issue: sand.

Courtesy of Sara Stahlman, Pennsylvania Sea Grant

With patches of red behind its eyes, the red-eared slider can make for a cute pet, but it’s considered an invasive species to Presque Isle on Lake Erie.

A new project seeks to keep the turtle’s population at bay by setting out traps at two locations on the isle where the animal has been spotted: Waterworks pond and Lily pond.

Erie's Reopened Presque Isle Lighthouse Drawing Big Crowds

Jul 10, 2018
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A $300,000 investment in 2017 in a 145-year-old Erie asset appears to be paying off.

Attendance is up markedly at Presque Isle Lighthouse, said Michael Sullivan, executive director of the lighthouse located near Beach 9.

    It is Labor Day weekend! Are you lucky enough to have a three-day weekend? If so, WESA’s Josh and Sarah and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to fill you in on the weekend’s fun activities, here in Pittsburgh and just around the (three) riverbend!

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This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer – which means, among other things, swimming! 

Sen. Rop Teplitz (D-Dauphin) has introduced a bill that would return lifeguards to state park public beaches.

“In 2008, the lifeguards were eliminated at all but two parks due to budgetary reasons, but I think the public safety requires that the lifeguards be restored,” Teplitz said.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources estimates the state saved roughly $800,000 a year by not having lifeguards on duty at all parks. Teplitz said those savings aren't worth risking public safety.

State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors

Oct 10, 2013
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While Washington remains at a standstill and many national parks have closed their gates, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests an alternative trip to the many American state parks. She says autumn is the perfect season to see some beautiful nature only a short drive away!