News from the Park

Spring Update - 2022

Written by Rebecca Hall

Welcome to Spring at Harrington Beach State Park.

Make each of your visits into a different adventure!  Puckett's Pond in Spring

  • Watch for the early invasives such as garlic mustard, dandelions, or honeysuckle leafing out.
  • View and try to identify the birds migrating north along Lake Michigan or paddling around Quarry Lake.  
  • Count the many insects and other creatures in the many little streams flowing into the two lakes and Puckett’s Pond.  
  • Explore the beach for any treasures winter waves washed up and bag up any litter along the way.
  • Keep your eyes open for the first swimmers to go into Lake Michigan.  
  • Enjoy the songbirds in the park and the lovely purple martins in their house near the park office.
  • Discover a trail through a variety of environments, from cedar swamps, prairies, and former farmland maybe being overtaken by honeysuckle, red osier dogwood and Canada thistle, but also having apple trees and wild berries and changing displays of wildflowers.

The park is an ever-changing adventure, just waiting for you to enjoy!

Get Involved in the Park!

The DNR has recently reopened its buildings for indoor events with staff, volunteers, and visitors.  

Tree Planting 2021Volunteer Opportunities:

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park (FHBSP) will be needing volunteers to:

  • prepare and serve lunch for the volunteers at Work Play Earth Day
    on April 23rd.
  • spread wood chips that will be used for part of our new playground surfacing
    in late April.
  • clean and prepare the accessible cabin for the opening of the season
    in mid to late April.
  • throughout the season: trail clean-up, weeding, firewood (splitting and bundling), temporary soda machine stocking.
  • share ideas of your own!  Email us at:

Join the FHBSP!

We welcome your involvement with the FHBSP! Become a member, serve on our board, join us in our mission to make the park the best it can be!  The FHBSP board of directors meets on the 4th Tuesday – every other month. Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6:00pm. The meeting is open to the public. We hope you can join us! 

Keep up-to-date on all that is happening in the park!

Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and watch our website calendar for events and opportunities: 

Check the new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Opportunities website
( to see what you could help with at your nearby park.