Friends of Harrington Beach

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!

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes


Friends of Harrington Beach SP Annual Meeting ~ April 27, 2017

Welcome - Dinner at 6:00pm

Call to Order: President, Tara Kos called the meeting to order after a catered meal from Bernies Meats in Port Washington generously donated by Bob Burant. Kos’s provided the owl cake!

Roll Call: 27 people were in attendance; 20 members (4 absentee ballots); out of 53 total members. 38% of our membership was present to vote.

Review of 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes: Diane Keller made a motion to accept the April 2016 minutes, Glenn Weichman seconded and all approved. No discussion

Financial Report: Jim Schmit, Treasurer, handed out the past year financial report. We carry a balance of $27,415.08. The accessible cabin is paid in full and is property of the DNR. The Friends per DNR requirements carry a $3,000 cabin maintenance fund. Firewood continues to be the biggest percentage of our revenue. Neil Kraemer made a motion to accept the treasurers report for fiscal April 2016 through April 2017. Elaine Nulph seconded the motion and all approved.

Election of Officers: Open positions for President, Vice-President, Secretary and open board membership was published in the annual meeting invitations. Tara Kos stepped down from the president. Nancy Hise was nominated for a 2 year term as President, Elaine Stecker-Kochanski moved to Secretary. Vice-President is open. David Shaw was nominated to board member. There were no nominations from the floor. Voting was done for these nominations all at once and passed.

Volunteer Recognition: Tara recognized all the volunteers present including staff. Stan Schielke, Head Maintenance, was recognized upon his retirement in May. Many hours and hands are needed to support the efforts at Harrington. The accessible cabin donors plaque is in progress.

Upcoming Programs: Ranger Robin Miller reported that several programs coming up will need volunteers including the Work/Play/Earth/Day on April 29, Pancake Breakfast on June 3, Sandcastles on July 1st, Kite Flying on July 8th and Monarch Butterfly event on September 2nd.

Park Report: In Ken Severn’s absence, Carolyn Morgen, Superintendent, reported that volunteerism is alive and well at both Kohler-Andrae and Harrington. Without volunteers, the parks would be struggling to offer programs and facility/grounds maintenance. She thanked each and everyone who volunteers at Harrington.

Owl Talk: Because of wet, cold weather we were unable to follow Ranger Robin on an owl hike in the park. She presented some facts and some different owl hoots that we may hear in the park around dusk.

Adjorn: Bob Burant made a motion to adjourn and Diane Keller seconded. Next regular board meeting is May 25th in the Welcome Center at 7pm.


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24 Jan
Friends Board Meeting
01/24/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
9 Feb
Valentine Ski/Hike
02/09/2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
February Ski/Hike with the Welcome Center open to serve hot dogs, chips, desserts and hot beverages.
28 Feb
Friends Board Meeting
02/28/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
28 Mar
Friends Board Meeting
03/28/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 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