Park Activities

The Great Goddard Gold Rush

Saturday, July 19, at 10:00 AM

Meet at Launch #3 to start this first ever opportunity to find the golden rocks in our secret park creek that will be laden with the riches. Form your team of prospectors and call (724) 253-4833 to register for the limited stream gold land claims. Local businesses will supply prizes for the top collecting teams. Form your team, pre-register, and get your best Goddard gold on! The gold rush will end at noon.

Native PA Wildlife

Saturday, July 26, at 2:00 PM

Meet at the Marina Pavilion at 2:00 PM. The Erie Zoo will bring live native animals to Goddard State Park for your viewing pleasure and enjoyment. this program is very family friendly. Please call 724-253-4833 to pre-register.

Hobo Hike

Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 AM

Participants should have their best hobo clothes on and prepare for a very unusual 2.5 mile hike through Goddard State Park, to experience the life and times of the quintessential American Hobo. The hike will end at launch #3 pavilion with a traditional  meal comprised of hobo stew.  Of course, no hobo hike would be  complete without a fashion show with prizes. So come ready to participate. Transportation to the hobo trailhead will be provided by Camp Wilhelm Campground and Vacationland Campground. The hayride transportation will leave from the individual campgrounds at 10:00 AM promptly, so get those hobos’ hopping early!






























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Maurice K. Goddard State Park


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.

FROG membership is free. Become a "friend" and get involved. Your help is needed with :


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).



Milkweed is only one of the many wildflowers that grow in Goddard.