News from the Park

Summer Update - June 2021

Written by Rebecca Hall

South Beach AreaSummer at the park offers us all so many more activities to enjoy in the outdoors.  The Friends are happy to be able to again offer the vending machines and sell firewood that is from dead trees that are cut down in the park and bucked by park staff.  Volunteers split the wood, stack it, and move it to the woodshed as needed.  Visitors can purchase wood when the drive-up window is open, and all proceeds go to park projects. We missed holding the free Pancake Breakfast again this year and we await DNR guidelines for other events this summer.

We are grateful for the donations and grants made to our playground fund.  Your donation of any amount can be made online (donate via PayPal), at the office, or by mailing a check to the HB office.  Visit our playground project page for more details:

North Beach AreaWe need new board members to replace several whose terms expired.  Board members work with park staff in planning appropriate volunteer projects and raising money to improve the park. Please email us at  if you have questions or would like to be a board member.

It is great to see our sandy beach widen again as Lake Michigan water levels have decreased.  Like other beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline our mile long shoreline was affected by the high water and waves. One set of steps has been reinstalled, near the Quarry Lake shelter.   The best swimming area for people is the north beach area a bit south of the Ansay Center path.  It is now open almost to the point.  The beach by the South picnic area has also widened, but it is rockier.  People with pets are allowed to use only the beach south of the point.
Shuttle Road Path

The detour off the Stonehaven shuttle road has been removed. Staff roped off a walk area away from the undermined road section so visitors can walk the entire paved road.

For other information on park activities click on “activities” on this website. You can call the park office with questions; they are open daily now and will return messages.  Also, check the Friends Facebook posts that appear under News on this page.