CASE HISTORY OF SHORE PROTECTION AT PRESQUE ISLE PENINSULA, PA.

Charles E. Lee

Abstract


The beach protection aspects rather than the importance to navigation of Presque Isle Peninsula is stressed in this paper, The history of the locality is so extensive that only that which bears on beach protection and the portion deemed pertinent to provide background to the early importance of the site will be related. The three main reasons for protecting Presque Isle Peninsula are as follows: for protection of the natural harbor at Erie, Pennsylvania; for the preservation of the beaches which provide Pennsylvania's only public lakeshore recreational area on Lake Erie; and to prevent destruction of the only land access to the facilities on the peninsula. It is reported that in 1947 over 1,500,000 people visited the 3,200 acre Presque Isle State Park. There are also located on the peninsula installations of the Erie Water Works, the United States Coast Guard and the Pennsylvania State Department of Fisheries.

Keywords


Lake Erie; groin design; shore protection

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