Up to 20 hp motors are permitted. The 3,225-acre Lake Arthur has 10 public boat launches. Sailing conditions are ideal, and races, regattas and sailing instruction classes are held throughout the summer. Boating is prohibited in the Game Propagation area and near the dam. Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The 3,225-acre Lake Arthur is a warm-water fishery. Common species are northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks muskellunge, walleye, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Volunteers, park employees and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission employees have installed fish habitat structures throughout the lake. A map showing fish habitat project locations, water depths and specific features of the lake is available at the park office, marina office and the gift shop at McDanels Boat Launch. ADA accessible fishing piers are at Bear Run Boat Launch, Park Road Boat Launch and McDanels Boat Launch, which also are great spots for children to fish.
Common species caught are largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike. Conditions permitting, ice fishing is permitted in the Game Propagation Area from January 1 through March 15. Ice thickness is not monitored.
The cove by the Pleasant Valley Day Use Area is popular for ice skating. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Iceboats must display a state park launch permit. Ice thickness in not monitored.
SurfSUP Adventures provides standup paddleboarding lessons, guiding, eco-tours, board rentals, and sales. Standup paddleboarding, also known as “SUP,” is a beginner and family friendly pursuit and one of the best ways to experience Pennsylvania’s beautiful waterways. Gliding over the water on an SUP board is a must for your bucket-list and an adventure you will never forget! You will be provided with all the necessary equipment and can look forward to sharing the experience with SurfSUP Adventures’ expert guides and instructors. Learn more and schedule your adventure at www.surfsupadventures.com or call 724-989-7259.
Swimming is permitted at two beaches along the shore of Lake Arthur. The Pleasant Valley Beach on the South Shore is a 1,200-foot turf and sand beach and has a paved path into the water. A sand volleyball court and playground are on the west side of the beach. Lakeview Beach on the North Shore is a 550-foot sand beach. The beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day unless otherwise posted. The regular hours are sunrise to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Showers, changing facilities and snack bars are available at both beaches. To keep these areas clean and safe, pets are prohibited in the beach areas.
Barber Point, near Lakeview Beach, is popular for windsurfing due to stronger winds and sparse boat traffic. A state park launching permit is required for wind surfboards. All boating regulations apply to wind surfboards.