Friends of Harrington Beach

It's Camping Season at Harrington Beach

Camping season is here as we open the camp ground TODAY!  You will notice hundreds of blue tubes supporting our newest trees.  When you spend time at your site, water the new trees.  They are burr oak trees which could also be a learning moment for you and your family as you gather facts about these trees.  What a fun family together-time.  

When you take a walk, visit the beach or circle the campgrounds, take a sack with you and pick up trash.  We don't provide trash containers throughout the park as part of a carry-in, carry-out policy in our state parks.  Unfortunately, trash can build up on our beaches and trails.  Another activity that benefits everyone.

Are you part of or do you lead a civic organization that is looking for a summer project?  The Friends are looking for someone with organizational and networking abilities to volunteer to manage our concessions.  Concessions is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.  Contact us through our email,  or leave a message for us at the park office (262) 285-3015.

Free admittance weekend for Wisconsin State Parks is coming up June 2 & 3.  A free fishing clinic will be held on Saturday.  Sunday, June 3rd is our annual free pancake breakfast in the park from 8am until noon.  For these events and more, check this website and our Facebook page often.  Summer programs for visitors is in the works!

See you in the park!  And have a safe and fun summer!

Ozaukee Treasures Network Spring Conference

The Friends want to let you know about OTN's Spring Conference on April 5, 2018.  Please go to their website link to find out more information.  OTN

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!

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Upcoming Events

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
26 May
Observatory Viewing
05/26/2019 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening of star gazing. The Plunket's Observatory holds the 20" Panarusky telescope and is located by Puckett's Pond shelter.
2 Jun
Friends Annual Pancake Breakfast
06/02/2019 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Annual free pancake breakfast held during open admission to Wisconsin State Parks Weekend. More details to follow