Friends of Harrington Beach

Time for Winter Slush

Walking at Harrington can be a challenge this time of year.  We've had a lot of rain but the temps are still cold enough not to completely melt the snow.  That equals slush!  If you take it slow and watch your step, you can hear the waves crashing with a slushy sound off the beach.  The chickadees and nuthatches will come to the bird seed in your hand.  Keep your eyes open for flashes of red as the cardinals are in the bird mix too.  They like sunflower seeds.

And you can smell spring close on the heels of this wintry mix. Harrington Beach is fine for all senses any time of the year.  Slushy late winter is no exception.

The regularly scheduled board meeting for this Thursday, February 22 is cancelled.  The next meeting open to the public is March 22.

Bring your umbrella and a friend and enjoy the park!

Winter at Harrington Beach

Winter at Harrington Beach sounds like a great movie title.  Can you see the warming fire in the Ansay Welcome Center as well as the roaring fire in the fire pit out back, groups of chatty family and friends walking Quarry Trail, cold fingers warmed by a cup of steaming cocoa, rosy-cheeked children?  Maybe this isn't a heart-pounding action adventure but a heart warming reunion drama.  And some characters can't talk; deer, racoons, chickadees, and a silent red-tailed hawk in flight.  Be on the look out for snowy owls.

And did you check out the beach?  Ice volcano formations along with ice shelving.  Just be very cautious walking on the ice shelving as they are better viewed from a distance.  It looks like we have had someone out to cross country ski along the shuttle road but the snow fall has been at a minimum.  Remember, skiers to the right and walkers to the left on the road.  

The Friends of Harrington Beach extend a wish for a happy and prosperous New Year 2018 with many fun visits to our beautiful Wisconsin State Parks!

Is Autumn Here Yet?

Remember vacation car trips as a kid?  The constant question from the back seat was, "Are we there yet?"  Autumn is coming soon and with it our Fall Harvest Hike on Saturday, October 21, 2017 starting at 6pm.  You are in for a yummy soup supper, tiki torch lit hike, music from 6:30-8:30pm by String-Along band and some other surprises.  

As we prepare for winter, snow and cold, the fun doesn't stop at Harrington Beach.  Once the snow flies, a trail is established for cross-country skiers to the right on the shuttle road.  All walkers, snow shoers should stay to the left on the plowed area.  Check out our Events tab to keep up to date with winter hikes at Harrington.

The Friends also maintains a FaceBook page at FriendsofHarrington.  Up-to-date information is posted on that page.  Please like and follow our page and consider becoming a part of our Friends base by joining the Friends for $25 a year, or lifetime membership.  If you want to volunteer, there are so many areas.  Call the office (262-285-3015) for more information or to get in touch with a board member.  We also have an email - .  We would love hearing from you.  

Thank you for supporting our beautiful park!

Summertime in the Park

Can you believe it's the middle of June?  Camping, swimming, beach-sitting, picnicking, family and friend gathering, fishing, photo taking - the list of activities is endless.  Have you checked out the Events tab to keep current on activities offered at Harrington Beach?

Have you purchased your park entry sticker to ALL Wisconsin state parks?  

Do you know why the Friends concession stand remains closed this year?  We are in need of a volunteer manager.  Contact  for more details.

Our Facebook page gives you up-to-date news of our activities plus valuable, interesting links to related activities.  This Saturday, June 17 is Treasures of OZ Eco-Tour of Ozaukee county.  Harrington Beach State Park is included as a tour site.  Organizations like Treasures of OZ inform and expand your knowledge and interest in Ozaukee County's natural features.

Another organization we feature is Northern Cross Science Foundation.  This organization is the group behind our fantastic observatory located within Harrington Beach.  Look closer at the "shed" by Puckett's Pond because it is an observatory in disguise.  NCSF schedule of events at Harrington are on the Events tab.  Or for their full schedule, go to

Every 4th Thursday of the month, the Friends board meets to plot a course for future activities and discuss park needs with manager Ken Severn.  We have several projects in discussion for the future.  But these projects takes hands, feet and heads.  Do you have time to attend our hour-long meeting once a month that is open to the public?  Are you interested in becoming a Friend member?  Do you have talents and interests that would add value as a volunteer to our non-profit organization?  Then we want to hear from you!  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 with your contact information or email us at . 

Contact us through our Facebook page Friends of Harrington.  

Have a fun and safe summer!

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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