Friends of Harrington Beach

Friends of Harrington Beach State Park Recipient of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks HERO Award

The Friends of Harrington Beach have received the HERO award from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks in recognition of the building of the accessible cabin in the campground. The HERO awards recognize a DNR Land manager, a local Friends group (us) and an Individual Friends member who has shown outstanding dedication to support state parks, forests, and trails. An award banquet for Friends groups state-wide is being held tonight in Madison. We will be recognized along with other individuals and groups for our contribution to Wisconsin State Parks.  Well done, Friends!!

(Pictured left to right: Mark Schowalter, Denny Goldsmith, Bob Burant, Nancy Hise, Rhondella Morgan, Jim Schmit, Tara Kos and Mark Jacoby - missing are Ray Carey, Diane Keller, Neil Kraemer and Elaine Nulph)

Friends Board Outside cabin2

March 2015 Newsletter Updates

February 2015 has been ranked the 6th coldest in Wisconsin history and an average temp colder than 2014. What a joy to step out the door on March 1 and find the temperatures a little warmer and the desire for a walk set in. We look forward to many more beautiful and warmer days ahead! For now, let’s get caught up on what is happening in the park.

Accessible Cabin: Insulation is done, interior walls are in with staining started. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . The cash goal to complete the building is $160,000. If you are able to help, financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI 53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/

Invasive Species Program: Dennis Goldsmith has worked over 10 years on removal and control of Invasive Species. The park improvements from his work is amazing and enjoyed by so many. If you have an interest in helping with this project or even learning more about invasive species, please email us at .

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out the following list and email us at to learn more.

  • April 18 Arbor Day/Earth Day event. This year we will be planting 400 trees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will be providing a free hot dog lunch for all who help. There will also be a Geocaching event this day.
  • Spring Clean the Welcome Center. Wash all the windows, clean the blinds and spruce up the place for the summer season.
  • In the summer, it is fun to work 3 hour shifts in the concession stand. You can work 1 time the whole summer or as many shifts as you want.
  • Help with the cabin construction
  • Help Dennis Goldsmith with the Invasive Species Program
  • Help setup and/or serve at the annual Pancake Breakfast on June 7.
  • Share ideas of your own!

Annual Meeting: The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park annual membership meeting will be held April 23, 2015 with a free dinner at 6 pm and the business meeting to begin at 6:30 pm. Not yet a member? You can join anytime between now and the night of the meeting. Watch for more details or email us at .

Free Fishing Weekend: June 6th and 7th is free fishing weekend at Wisconsin State Parks. The 6th will include a free fishing clinic from 9 am to 1 pm at Puckett’s Pond. Bring your children and enjoy the day!

Breakfast in the Park: Sunday, June 7th is the date of our annual FREE Pancake Breakfast. It is also Open House at the park which means free park admission. What can be better?

“Like” us on FaceBook or visit our website at www.friendsofharrington.org to keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the park.

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 in the Park office. The meeting is open to the public. We hope you can join us!

February Friends Newsletter Updates

I think one of my favorite board meetings is held in January.  This is the one where we realize how quickly the winter has gone and Spring will soon be here.  We also plan for the summer events.  This year was the same as previous years, so many exciting things happening at Harrington Beach State Park!  With all that is happening, I can’t wait until February gets here to issue the February newsletter.

Accessible Cabin:  The shell is done, deck is on and we made it through our first inspection.   Since the first of the year the electrical, plumbing and heating have reached a point where we could insulate.  After an inspection, we should be able to start the interior walls.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at .  The  cash goal to complete the building is $160,000.  If you are able to help, financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI  53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/

Candlelight Ski-Hike:  The next hike will be on February 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.  We will be serving a few different soups, hot dogs, bars/cookies, apple cider, cocoa and coffee.  As an added extra, we will have baked potatoes cooking out on the fire.  They will be baked in Dutch ovens.  The food will be free but donations are appreciated. Vehicle Admission sticker will be required.

Invasive Species Program:  Dennis Goldsmith has worked over 10 years on removal and control of Invasive Species.  The park improvements from his work is amazing and enjoyed by so many.  If you have an interest in helping with this project or even learning more about invasive species, please email us at

Volunteer Opportunities:  Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Check out the following list and email us at to learn more.

  • April 18 Arbor Day/Earth Day event.  This year we will be planting 400 trees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will be providing a free hot dog lunch for all who help. There will also be a Geocaching event this day.  Watch for details.
  • In the summer, it is fun to work 3 hour shifts in the concession stand.  You can work 1 time the whole summer or as many shifts as you want.
  • Help with the cabin construction.
  • Share ideas of your own!

Annual Meeting:  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park annual membership meeting will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 with a free dinner at 6 pm and the business meeting to begin at 6:30 pm.  Not yet a member?  You can join anytime between now and the night of the meeting.  Watch for more details or email us at .

Free Fishing Weekend:  June 6th and 7th is free fishing weekend at Wisconsin State Parks.  The 6th will include a free fishing clinic from 9 am to 1 pm at Puckett’s Pond.  Bring your children and enjoy the day!  Sunday, June 7th is Open House at the park which includes free park admission.  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will hold their FREE Pancake breakfast. Be sure to save the dates!

“Like” us on Facebook or visit our website at www.friendsofharrington.org to keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the park. 

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month.  Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 in the Park office.  The meeting is open to the public.  We hope you can join us!

January 2015 Newsletter Update

The Friends started 2015 out right supporting the Wisconsin First Day Hike with warming fires, cocoa, apple cider and coffee for all in attendance. We were so excited to see so many families and friends out enjoying this beautiful park. Now to update you on what is happening!

Accessible Cabin: The shell is done, deck is on and we made it through our first inspection.  We just need the plumbers and heating crew to stop out and finish their work so insulation can be done. Of course temperatures in the 40’s would be helpful as well. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . As you can imagine, as you work on a project, there are changes that need done to fit with new requirements or better service for the building. We increased our goal from $150,000 cash to $160,000. If you are able to help, financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI 53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/

Candlelight Ski-Hike: Our next hike will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. We will be serving a few different soups, hot dogs, bars/cookies, apple cider, cocoa and coffee. As an added extra, we will have baked potatoes cooking out on the fire. They will be baked in dutch ovens. The food will be free but donations are appreciated. Vehicle Admission sticker will be required.

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out the following list and email us at to learn more.

  • Bake bars or cookies to donate for the February 7, 2015 Candlelight Hike
  • Help grill hot dogs and serve soup
  • Help heat and serve Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Apple Cider
  • Help setup and/or take down Tiki Torches for the hikes
  • In the summer, it is fun to work 3 hour shifts in the concession stand. You can work 1 time the whole summer or as many shifts as you want.
  • Help with the cabin construction.
  • Share ideas of your own!

Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook or visit our website at www.friendsofharrington.org to keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the park.

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 in the Park office. The meeting is open to the public. We hope you can join us!

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