Friends of Harrington Beach

Google Form to Track Your Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Google Form

The link above will take you to the new volunteer Google form.  Any time you volunteer hours at Harrington Beach State Park we first require you fill out a Volunteer Application with your contact information.  Second, track your hours you volunteer at the park.  Even if you pick up bags of trash on a walk, that would qualify as being a trail monitor and is volunteer hours.  We track your hours and report them to the DNR to aid in the budgetary process.  Wisconsin State Parks are dependent on volunteers for so many events and grounds upkeep.  If you have questions, please call the office at 262-285-3015.  Manager Ken Severn and the staff will be happy to answer your questions.  Since office hours are not staffed full time until the campgrounds open, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they are able.

THANK YOU for volunteering at Harrington Beach State Park!

Ken Severn Named New Park Manager

Congratulations go to our new Park Manager: Ken Severn. He has been selected as the Park Manager for Harrington Beach State Park! Ken’s official start date was November 16, 2015.

Kohler-Andrae State Park has been Ken Severn’s refuge since 2007, following a demanding career in law enforcement as a street cop, metro drug unit investigator, and detective. At Kohler-Andrae, Ken has served as Lead Ranger, regional armorer, handgun, and rifle instructor. Now it’s time to take the next step. Ken’s wife of 32 years, Nancy, and their four adult children are as pleased as Ken is in accepting the Park Manager position at Harrington Beach State Park.

Ken will be greatly missed at Kohler-Andrae! Join us in welcoming Ken to the Harrington Beach Staff, and thanking him for 8 great years at Kohler-Andrae!

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!

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Upcoming Events

28 Feb
Friends Board Meeting
02/28/2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
28 Mar
Friends Board Meeting
03/28/2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
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