Yes. Thanks to the genorosity of our event partners and sponsors, the Regatta at Lake Arthur is FREE to attend, including a host of live concerts, day-long instruction through SummersCool, kids crafts at the Lake Arthur Lily Pad, fireworks display and more. Most of our activities are available for FREE, and the Park itself is a natural playground to explore and enjoy with a public beach, trails and much more. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day FREE!
Added fee-based activities are also available. Most of these are under $10 and completely optional. We are also featuring a Marketplace of Vendors, offering food, crafts & merchandise. We will have an ATM machine available at the event.
Parking is free. Please thank the parking attendants, as they work to ensure smooth parking for Park/Regatta guests. There are various parking areas that you will be directed to based on the time of your arrival. *Handicap parking will be available. Please indicate this need to the parking attendants.
Special note: Sponsors & event partners will have designated parking.
Yes. The main events take place on the South Shore/Pleasant Valley Beach this year. The Park is open to be enjoyed by all. If the traffic to the South Shore becomes overwhelming, try the North Shore! Rent a bike or a boat - see below for details.
Bike Rental: On North Shore Drive, about 1 1/2 miles from PA 422, the Spoke House Bike Rental is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. They rent single and multi-speed/geared bikes, tag-a-longs, children's and tandem (two-person) bikes, and also child seats, helmets and child pull behind trailers. Rentals are at your own risk. Neither the bicycle concessionaire or the park is responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur during your rental. Please ride defensively and be aware of others on the trail. 724-368-9011, if no answer 724-510-5195.
Crescent Bay Boat Rental: Pontoon boats, motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rowboats and sailboats are available at this rental concession. Motorboat fuel, ice and fishing bait are also available for purchase. Call (724) 368-9955 or visit www.moraineboatrentals.com
2019 Application for the Marketplace of Vendors will be available on the Vendor tab of our website soon.
re·gat·ta [ri-gat-uh, ri-gah-tuh] noun
1. a boat race, as of rowboats, yachts, or other vessels.
2. an organized series of such races
The 2018 Regatta at Lake Arthur featured water-based activities & races:
2018 Pennsylvania Stand Up Paddleboard Race | Capsize & Recovery Sunfish Drills | Nautical Nature Cruise Mini Tours | SummersCool (Kayak, Standup Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard Yoga, Family Fishing, Catamaran Boat Rides, Flying Scot Boat Rides, Fly Casting) | Le Mans type Start Race | "Race to Watts Bay" and more.
We plan to include similar opportunities at our 2019 Regatta at Lake Arthur!
If you are on social media (Facebook), you can view and identify messages on a specific topic using a hash tag or pound symbol (#). RALA is simply an acronym for Regatta at Lake Arthur. We encourage you to post from the event using #RALAMSP or @RALAMSP (Regatta at Lake Arthur – Moraine State Park)!
The Regatta is an annual summertime celebration of Moraine State Park. The event is FREE to the public and will be celebrating its 21st year in 2019, and offers family friendly activities on both the land and the lake. You can come and be a spectator of the event, but we really hope you’ll come out and play WITH us, get active, and try something new. Generally, we want to expose new guests to the park, and further engage those who are already familiar with Moraine through a host of mini-events through the weekend.
In 2014, we introduced SummersCool to the Regatta, which included 10+ partners who offered FREE instruction to weekend guests. Available in mini classes, 2018 included: standup paddleboard, family fishing, yoga, kayak, kayak eco-paddle, fly casting, catamaran boat rides, flying scot boat rides, and standup paddleboard yoga, all with personal instruction. These opportunities exist to help guests learn something new at the park and to encourage a return to try again on their own!
This is a showcase event for Butler County, and we have intentionally reached out to help build awareness for Moraine State Park as a regional resource. In recent years, the Regatta has attracted 15,000-20,000 visitors per year to Moraine State Park’s South Shore.
In 2019, the car cruise will take place on both days of the event from 1pm until 4pm at the Point Picnic Area.
For 2018, Saturday closed the event with a Fireworks Display presented by Diehl Toyota. Sunday closed the event with the Oliver Outdoor Native Butterfly Release & Tribute Finale. The mass release took place from the main stage, and individuals joined us to honor someone special through the individual release of their Western Pennsylvania Monarch, enhancing the environment at the same time. We plan to continue these traditions next year for our 2019 Regatta!
Great question! Sunscreen and a great attitude - it’s playtime at the Regatta! You’ll want to remember to bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to visit the beach or participate in a water instructional opportunity at SummersCool. Otherwise, you may wish to bring a yoga mat if you’re joining YOLA (Yoga on Lake Arthur), or your own lifejacket for SummersCool events (although there will be some available onsite). Finally, pack a picnic if you wish, or visit one of our many food vendors!
We’ve worked hard on this event all year and will press on rain or shine. There are various tents available for some shelter. Essentially, we understand that when we’re out in nature, nature is in charge. If any events are delayed, we hope to get right back on schedule when any rain clears.
In the event of severe weather, we will actively work to keep you updated on any cancellations or changes in the schedule. Make sure to check social media including Facebook and Twitter for last minute updates, as well as our website.
We want you to meet Moraine State Park if you haven’t yet and to make it a part of your summertime plans, this year and every year. Moraine is easily accessible from I-79 and just north of Cranberry. We’ve really tried to take the best of its history and enhance it with new relationships, new activities and new partnerships to showcase the best of a healthy place. The 2019 event is scheduled for August 3 & 4, beginning at 10am each day on the South Shore at Moraine State Park.
Regatta merchandise will be provided by 3E Studios in our Marketplace of Vendors. Be sure to stop by their booth and check it out!
The Park recommends the following private campgrounds near Moraine:
1. Bear Run Campground (184 Badger Hill Rd, Portersville, PA 16051) - (724) 368-3564
2. Breakneck Campground (1757 Cheeseman Rd, Portersville, PA 16051) - (724) 368-3405
3. Lake Arthur Family Campground (243 W Liberty Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057) - (724) 679-6013
4. Rose Point Park Campground (8775 Old US 422, New Castle, PA 16101) - (724) 924-2415
Hotel options within easy driving distance:
1. Fairfield Inn & Suites - Slippery Rock (1000 University Parkway, Slippery Rock, PA 16057) - (724) 406-0535
2. SpringHill Suites Butler Centre City (125 East Jefferson Street, Butler, PA 16001) - (724) 256-9844
2. Hampton Inn Butler (610 Butler Crossing, Butler, PA 16001) - (724) 431-2400
3. Fairfield Inn & Suites Butler (200 Fairfield Ln, Butler, PA 16001) - (724) 283-0009
Check out visitbutlercounty.com for more local accommodations.
Yes. The Regatta at Lake Arthur is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The Regatta at Lake Arthur does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.