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.
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2019 camping season at Harrington Beach is right around the corner. First come-first camp starts May 1. Reserved camping starts May 10th weekend. A new reservation system is in place. https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com Reservations are available 11 months in advance. Reserve NOW!
Harrington Beach State Park has a 69-unit family campground including five walk-to sites, a group campsite, an accessible cabin 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 into 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.
Wisconsin State Parks currently have nine cabins for people with disabilities. There are two rustic cabins and seven with more amenities.
Accessible cabins are available to those with disabilities preventing them from enjoying the State Park camping experience. 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. The need for these cabins is overwhelming. Most state park campgrounds offer a reservable accessible campsite.
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.
As the 2019 camping season opens in May, call the office to check for open dates to reserve the cabin. The Campsite Reservation Request for People with Disabilities form can be obtained at the park or on-line at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/cabin.html. For more information, contact Harrington Beach State Park office at (262) 285-3015.
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 new 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.
Welcome Center Reservation Form.pdf
The park offers many activities including:
• Horseback Riding
• Picnic Areas
• Winter Activities
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.
Northern Cross Science Foundation schedules viewing dates throughout the year. To keep updated with their schedule at Harrington Beach observatory and other local viewing sites, check out their website at www.ncsf.info