State of the Beach/State Reports/PA/Surfing Areas

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Pennsylvania Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access54
Water Quality54
Beach Erosion9-
Erosion Response-7
Beach Fill4-
Shoreline Structures5 2
Beach Ecology2-
Surfing Areas14
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Inventory and Perception of Status

Yes, under the right conditions it is possible to surf along Pennsylvania's Lake Erie shoreline! This video reportedly shows surfing at Presque Isle State Park.

Recognition by State

Pennsylvania does not officially recognize surfing as an economic, cultural, and recreational resource.

Surfrider Foundation Chapters

Surfrider Foundation does not currently have any chapters in Pennsylvania. If you are interested in starting one, please contact Ed Mazzarella, Director of Chapters, at

Surfrider Foundation currently has four chapters on the Great Lakes - a Lake Michigan Chapter based in Grand Haven, Michigan, as well as chapters in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minnesota.

Information Sources

State of the Beach Report: Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Home Beach Description Beach Access Water Quality Beach Erosion Erosion Response Beach Fill Shoreline Structures Beach Ecology Surfing Areas Website
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