Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.
Each week brings progress toward the completion of the accessible cabin on campsite #114. The construction crew is working hard to get the building roughed in for the winter.
Don't miss the events taking place at Harrington Beach in October. For the latest activities and news about the Friends and the Park, go to the News tab on this website.
(October 2014 - Walls and roof go up at Site 114)
The campground is closed for the season and will reopen with first-come, first-serve camping on May 5, 2015. Reservation camping resumes on May 15, 2015. Go on-line to www.reserveamerica.com to make your camping reservations or call Reserve America at 1-888-947-2757. Camp site reservations can be made up to 11 months in the future and 48 hours in advance. Contact Reserve America today!
Please be advised that construction is progressing on our accessible cabin in the 100 electric campground loop. The schedule is made to keep disruptions to our campers and visitors at a minimum. Some truck traffic and construction sounds will be unavoidable throughout the summer. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete the last phases of building.
Harrington Beach State Park has a 69-unit family campground including five walk-to sites, a group campsite and a kayak site. 31 sites have 50 amp electrical hookups (no per site water and sewer hook-ups), 33 non-electrical sites and five walk-to sites. Five of our non-electric sites in the 200 loop are first-come, first-serve non-reservable sites. For more information on the non-reservable sites, call the park office at 262-285-3015. Each campsite has a campfire ring and a picnic table.
The campground is open from the first Wednesday in May to the last weekend in October. During the warm weather season, showers, flush toilet and family shower rooms are available in the family campground. A trailer dump station and a fresh water fill-up station are available near the entrance to the campgrounds.
Accessible Cabin Build
Wisconsin State Parks currently have nine cabins for people with disabilities. There are two rustic cabins and seven with more amenities.
These cabins are available only to those with disabilities preventing them from enjoying the State Park camping experience at a normal camping site.
The need for these cabins is overwhelming.
Even though each stay per family is currently limited to only 4 nights per year, the cabins continue to be booked solid during every camping season.
As the campground at Harrington Beach State Park was put on paper, one camping site located near Pucket's pond, was designed to allow the construction of a new handicapped accessible cabin.
Each of these cabins is built with donated funds, matching grants, donated professional services from designers, architects, construction project managers, and plenty of volunteer labor from local skilled tradesmen. The friends group owns the cabin project during construction, and then turns it over to the State of Wisconsin on grand opening day.
On June 25, 2014, Rhondella Morgan, Ray Cary and Neil Kraemer attended a State of Wisconsin Natural Resources Meeting and were presented with a plaque on behalf of the efforts of The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park. The plaque commemorates the acceptance by Natural Resources Board of the funds donated to build an accessible cabin at Harrington Beach State Park. The plaque hangs at Harrington Beach State Park Visitor Center.
Site 114 is no longer active for camping and has been cleared and staked. A construction fence is installed. After the July 4th weekend, the dream of our earthly departed but not forgotten friend Jim Schendel will become a reality as the construction phase begins. In October, a construction crew is working to put the walls and roof on before the snow flies. The Friends and Harrington Beach State Park is hopeful that the cabin will be completed in time for 2015 camping reservations.
Are you looking for the perfect place for a wedding, shower, party or business meeting? The Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center, located at the lower parking lot is the answer. With its fireplace as a beautiful backdrop along with tables and chairs for your guests use, decorating is a cinch. The building rental includes the use of a warming kitchen with rangetop, microwave and refrigerator.
The park offers many activities including:
• Horseback Riding
• Picnic Areas
• Winter Activities
If you like to spend time in the great outdoors and you care about our environment and protecting our natural resources - then Harrington Beach State Park needs you!
How to volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering at Harrington Beach State Park, contact the office at 262-285-3015 to discuss available opportunities. Anyone who would like be a volunteer must fill out a Volunteer Agreement. Property superintendents will review the agreement and interview and select all volunteers.
The Jim and Gwen Plunkett Observatory was dedicated on July 21, 2007. The observatory has a 20-inch telescope that weighs over 2000 pounds. The telescope is designed to provide an extremely stable platform for instrumentation. The telescope accommodates four foci: two Newtonian, one Cassegrain and one Coude. The telescope is named for its primary benefactors, Alvin and Hilda Panarusky.