Goddard Events:

Music at the Marina

Saturday, August 15
9:30 AM to Dusk


Sunday, August 16
12:30 PM to 6 PM

Everley Sisters

A special salute to veterans on Saturday evening with the Everley Sisters and Brett Allen Morgan will be followed by fireworks at dusk.

Brett Allen Morgan

Click on SCHEDULE to view all of the acts which will be performing.


Friday, August 21
6:30 to 8:30 PM

Meet at Launch 3 for a 3-mile hike to the Falling Run nature trail and back. See the beautiful waterfall and hemlock groves that make this easy to moderate trail a serene way to enjoy fitness outdoors.

Bike Hike

Monday, August 31
6:30 to 8:30 PM

Bring your bicycle and helmet and join park staff at the Bike Trail parking area for a group ride around the lake.






























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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.

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 and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.