Maurice K. Goddard State Park Watercraft Concession Available for Bid

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announces bid opening for the operation of the Maurice K. Goddard State Park Watercraft Concession in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Sealed bids will be received on the seventh floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-2301, until 2:00 PM pevailing time, December 17, 2014, and then publicly opened and read for the operation of the Watercraft Concession.

Bid documents containing all pertinent information must be obtained from the office of Park Manager, William Wasser at Maurice K. Goddard State Park, 684 Lake Wilhelm Road, Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania 16145.

For information contact William Wasser, Park Manager, Maurice K. Goddard State Park at 724-253-4833.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informalities, defects, or irregularities in the bids.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and requires conformance with Title 16 Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 49, Contract Compliance Regulations.

The bid is posted on the state park's web pages and can be accessed at the following link:


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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

To view a slideshow of park photos, click on "Goddard Photos" at the top of the page.

Mercer County boasts a 2,800 - acre wonder — the lake, wetlands, fields and forests of Maurice K. Goddard State Park.


Lake Wilhelm marina at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The park marina basks under a summer sun.

Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.

Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FROG) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) FROG's accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.



A wildlife educator demonstrates the grasping power of a hawk.

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Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic

Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic.

The Friends of Goddard State Park meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the park office building. We are looking for people with all types of interests, including nearby landowners, boaters, birders, hunters, bikers, and others.The Friends of Goddard are a partner group with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF).