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Preston’s Pearl resumes cruising Saturday on Lake Arthur

Preston's Pearl glides on the water of Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park. The enclosed pontoon boat is a main attraction at the park. Butler Eagle File Photo

Preston’s Pearl is taking to Lake Arthur for its fourth season of ferrying Moraine State Park visitors around the lake for sightseeing tours starting Saturday, May 25.

From late May through the end of October, Moraine will offer cruises on Preston’s Pearl on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., and starting in June, Wednesdays at 3 p.m. as well.

Preston’s Pearl first took to the lake in the summer of 2021, as a bigger replacement for Moraine’s previous cruise ship, Nautical Nature. The Pearl features two decks and can fit up to 40 guests.

Passengers board at McDanel’s Launch on the North Shore of Moraine State Park. Each cruise takes passengers around nearly the entirety of Lake Arthur in roughly 90 minutes.

“There's just a couple areas we can't go through because it's too shallow, but you pretty much can see the whole lake in 90 minutes,” said Jackie Nicklas of the Moraine Preservation Fund.

In addition to the regular cruises, Moraine is offering “pizza cruises” at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, when passengers are served slices of pizza from Pizza Joe’s restaurant in Portersville.

For regular cruises, tickets cost $19 each for adults and $10 for children age 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger ride for free.

For the pizza cruises, tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children.

Tickets can be ordered online at the Moraine Preservation Fund website or by calling the Moraine State Park gift shop at 724-368-9185 during its regular business hours.

Outside of those scheduled passenger trips, Preston’s Pearl also offers charter cruises for special events, at $400 per cruise.

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