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General Overview

Maurice K. Goddard State Park is a Pennsylvania state park named in honor of Maurice K. Goddard, a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters. The park is located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and features a variety of recreational activities.

Location and Getting There

Address: Maurice K. Goddard State Park 684 Lake Wilhelm Road Sandy Lake, PA 16145

Directions: The park can typically be reached by car, and directions can be obtained through various mapping services. It is located near Interstate 79, making it accessible for travelers.


Boating: The park is home to Lake Wilhelm, which is a popular spot for boating. There is a marina and several boat launches available for those who own boats, and motorboats must display a current boat registration.

Fishing: Lake Wilhelm is known for excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can fish for bass, walleye, crappie, and perch, among others. The lake is also part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's "Big Bass Program."

Hiking and Biking: The park has several miles of trails suitable for hiking and biking. The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is one of the key trails which is around 12 miles long and circles Lake Wilhelm.

Picnicking: There are numerous picnic areas throughout the park, many of which are equipped with tables and grills.

Hunting: Hunting is permitted in some areas of the park. Visitors should check the park's regulations for specific details and abide by state game laws.

Winter Activities: During winter months, activities such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are popular.

Camping and Accommodations

While Maurice K. Goddard State Park itself doesn't have camping facilities, there may be nearby state parks or private campgrounds where you can camp. It's important to research the accommodations beforehand and make reservations if necessary.

Facilities and Services

  • Marina: The Lake Wilhelm Marina offers boat rentals, bait, and other boating supplies.
  • Restrooms: There are several restroom facilities throughout the park for visitor convenience.
  • Playgrounds and Pavilions: Can be found in some areas, available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation.
  • Administration Office: For any inquiries or assistance during your visit.

Visitor Guidelines and Regulations

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, Maurice K. Goddard State Park has several rules and regulations:

  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol is not permitted in the state park.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed in designated areas but must be kept on a leash. Owners should clean up after their pets.
  • Fires: Fires are allowed only in provided fire rings or grills.
  • Preservation: It is important to leave plants, wildlife, and park property undisturbed.

Trash Disposal: Littering is prohibited. Please use the trash cans provided or carry out your trash.

Hours of Operation and Fees

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. There are no entrance fees for Maurice K. Goddard State Park.

Reservation and Contact Information

For camping or pavilion reservations at nearby locations: You can typically use the Pennsylvania State Parks reservation system or a third-party site if looking at private campgrounds.

Contact: For more information or specific questions, visitors should contact the park office directly.

Please remember that this information could change; always check the park's official website or contact the park for the most current information before planning your trip.

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