Friends of Harrington Beach

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

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!

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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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Upcoming Events

25 Apr
Friends Annual Meeting
04/25/2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annual Friends Meeting at Ansay Welcome Center. Dinner at 6pm with business meeting starting at 6:30pm. More details in February 2019
27 Apr
Work/Earth/Play Day
04/27/2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clean up, plant trees and have a productive work day at the park. Then join the Friends for a free lunch at the Ansay Welcome Center. If you have a scout troop, civic or family group coming, call the park office to let them know. 262-285-3015
23 May
Friends Board Meeting
05/23/2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
26 May
Observatory Viewing
05/26/2019 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening of star gazing. The Plunket's Observatory holds the 20" Panarusky telescope and is located by Puckett's Pond shelter.
2 Jun
Friends Annual Pancake Breakfast
06/02/2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Annual free pancake breakfast held during open admission to Wisconsin State Parks Weekend. More details to follow