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Goddard McKeever Memorial Hike

Saturday, May 27

10:00 AM

We invite experienced hikers to join us for a two-hour hike on the moderate to difficult terrain of the recently reopened Goddard McKeever Hiking Trail, as we explore native flora and fauna, special habitats, and conservation history. 

We will meet at the auditorium at McKeever Environmental Learning Center at 10:00 AM and car pool to Goddard, then hike the trail back to the McKeever trail system

You must register in advance by calling the Goddard State Park office at 724-253-4833.

fishing tournament

3rd Annual Kyle Jaillet Memorial For the Love of Fishing Tournament

Sunday, May 28
(Pennsylvania Free Fishing Day)

Registration begins at 8:15 AM at the Lake Wilhelm Marina Pavilion.

For information on entry fees and prizes, please click on the following link:


Family Fishing Festival

(sponsored by the Fish & Boat Commission)

June 3, 2017

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

You must register in advance for this program and meet at the Launch 3 pavilion.


Pioneer Frolic

June 24-25, 2017

reenactor at Pioneer Frolic

Music at the Marina

August 12-13, 2017

Music at the Marina







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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).


Milkweed and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.