FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Moraine State Park Regatta (formerly called Regatta at Lake Arthur) is an annual regional event celebrated on Moraine State Park’s South Shore the first weekend in August. Our 2022 event weekend was held on August 5-7 and marked our 23rd event year. We are excited to welcome you, your family, and your friends to come and see all that the Regatta has to offer.
Where is the parking, and how much does it cost?
There is plenty of free parking at the Regatta! Check out the site map on the schedule page of our website. Thanks to PA Lottery, senior citizen attendees can park in a designated senior citizen parking area as show on our site map.
How much is admission to the Regatta?
How do I make a donation or volunteer?
An event of this scale can only happen because of the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and community members. We welcome on-site volunteers for each year’s event. If you’d like to donate to the Regatta, you can do so on Venmo @morainestateparkregatta. Moraine State Park Regatta, formerly called Regatta at Lake Arthur, is a 501c4 nonprofit organization.
How do I join as a sponsor or vendor?
Contact us for more information on joining us as a sponsor or a vendor for 2023. Vendors are required to be on site for the entire event, while sponsors benefit from marketing efforts even if you cannot attend the event.
What types of food do you have there? Can I bring my own food?
Our vendors have a large variety of food for sale. We have everything from gourmet tacos to hamburgers to ice cream to smoothies, etc. You’re welcome to bring your own food if you’d like to picnic at the park, and the concession stand will also be open.
What should I bring with me?
There are a handful of activities that cost money, and we do have vendors on site, so it’s a good idea to bring some cash. If you forget, we do have an ATM at the event. Bring sunscreen, a beach towel, and swimsuit for the water recreation activities and the beach, and a water bottle.
Am I allowed to bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome at the Regatta, as long as they are on a leash and under the owner’s control. Please respect the park and others, and pick up after your dog.
Where is a good place to stay near Moraine State Park?
Bear Run Campground is our recommendation for local camping near the park, whether that is in a tent, a camper/ RV, or a cabin. Also check the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau’s website for other local lodging options.
What’s the deal with the Butterfly Release?
Individual butterflies will be available for purchase, to be released in honor of a special someone or in memory of a loved one. Participants claim their pre-purchased butterfly from the Regatta Information Tent on Sunday. Memorial names are listed on our website after the event. You may release your butterfly in private, or there is a mass release at 4PM at the stage on Sunday. The mass butterfly release is free to attend.
How do I find the car cruise?
The Car Cruise is on the right side of Pleasant Valley Road, just past the vendors. If you are hoping to display your classic car in the car cruise, then please just notify our parking attendants and they will direct you. The first 50 cars each day will receive a dash plaque, and donations are welcome.
Where and when is the best place to view the fireworks?
Bring a chair to sit alongside the lake and in front of the Main Stage to view the fireworks. Only watercraft with the appropriate lights will be allowed on the lake after it gets dark. Fireworks will start around 9PM.
What types of races are there at the Moraine State Park Regatta?
Our 2022 event featured the Moraine Regatta 5k, followed by the Paddlesport Races.
Can I bring my own boat, or can I rent a boat?
There are plenty of rental options at Moraine State Park, or you can bring your own boat. Please be sure to check the Park’s website for DCNR and PA Fish & Boat Commission rules for boating in the park. Also be sure to check out the Preston’s Pearl tours that take place all throughout the weekend.
Where’s the best place to launch my kayak?
On the South Shore, you can launch at the non-motorized boat launch near the Sunken Garden Trail, or the Bear Run boat launch. Be sure to follow all PA Fish & Boat Commission regulations and laws. We also have free kayaks for use at the regatta, which you can read more about here.
What types of activities are there for children?
The Lake Arthur Lily Pad has different activities for children on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out the Kids Activities page of our website for more information.
Can I sign up for anything ahead of time?
Because of feedback from our partners, all registration for the water and land recreation activities will be on site at the Regatta. Learn more about 2022 Regatta recreation opportunities here. You may sign up for the Regatta 5k or the Paddlesport Race ahead of time.
Is the Regatta wheelchair accessible?
Yes, handicap parking is available as shown on the site map. ADA-portable toilets are near the parking lot, as well as the Kids Activities. Some activities are only accessible through the grass.
Where can I find a complete schedule listing? What if something changes?
You can see the event schedule here. Watch for our Facebook posts or Instagram stories for updates.
What if it rains?
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 Instagram for last minute updates, as well as our website.
What is the point of the Moraine State Park Regatta, anyways?
The purpose of the event is to promote eco-recreational activities for all ages. We intend to promote Moraine State Park as a great place to play, and to showcase the park in as many ways as possible.