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Harrington Beach State Park, Michegan, Belgium

4.5
#36 of 106 in Nature in Wisconsin
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Harrington Beach State Park is a 702acre Wisconsin state park on the shore of Lake Michigan. In addition to a mile-long beach, the park contains a white cedar swamp surrounding a 26acre lake that used to be a stone quarry. The park provides campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic, and bird watch areas.
A campground of 73 sites opened in 2009; it was the first new campground at a Wisconsin State Park in over 20 years. Construction began in 2008 and it was completed in the beginning of September 2009. It opened with 32 electric sites, 33 non-electric sites, 5 walk-in sites, one kayak site (only accessible by water), one group campsite, and one site for the campground host. Before the campground was added, the park had up to 120,000 visitors per year.
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  • Very nice, large private campsites. However most of the ash trees have died due to the emerald ash bore so there’s not as much shade as other campgrounds. Bathrooms and private showers were very... 
    Very nice, large private campsites. However most of the ash trees have died due to the emerald ash bore so there’s not as much shade as other campgrounds. Bathrooms and private showers were very...  more »
  • My only real negative with this campground was getting gasoline stolen out of our truck fuel tank on the last night of our stay. We only had 20 miles range when we left our campsite after hooking... 
    My only real negative with this campground was getting gasoline stolen out of our truck fuel tank on the last night of our stay. We only had 20 miles range when we left our campsite after hooking...  more »
  • Visited this park Sept 25th, 2020 for my first time. While a good portion of the beach is closed to the public, I still was able to access a small open portion for some sunrise photos. I walked... 
    Visited this park Sept 25th, 2020 for my first time. While a good portion of the beach is closed to the public, I still was able to access a small open portion for some sunrise photos. I walked...  more »
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  • We stayed at the campground during the week. The campsites are very private. You don't really know that you have neighbors. The main restroom was clean. Most of the campsites have a nearby pit toilet. Those were clean as well. The hiking and biking trails were easy. The beaches on lake Michigan were fun to walk.
  • It was pretty good. I went there to grill by lake Michigan. Parking is about a 10 minute walk from grills with a view. The North beach had 2 charcoal grills, 1 fire ring grill grate, and a firepit. It was elevated with a view of the lake. South beach was more of a dog area but also had 1 charcoal grill. Random grills placed nearby. Quarry Lake was really nice. The only downside was that the beach area had a lot of dead fish that washed up in some areas, but overall it was a worth while experience.
  • I liked this state park for use as a day trip excursion but I would not camp in this park so that is why I rated it as 4 stars. Though not as scenic as Kohler Andre park to the north, this park does offer some interesting tidbits to explore. For one thing, it has a historical background. The park was originally a limestone quarry from 1900 to 1920. It was a company town named Stonehaven, that is a sweet name for a town! So there is essentially a huge pond that was man made after production ceased where the quarry was dug out. It is beautiful around that area plus you can see some of the original foundations of the workers houses from that era. There are two beaches next to Lake Michigan that are sandy and just relaxing to chill on, you can take your pooch to the South Beach. The trails next to the quarry and the lake are very nice and overall easy to walk on, super flat! Just one thing to note, there typically is a shuttle road that takes visitors pretty much around the park but that service is not available right now as part of the road eroded from what looked like storms last year. It is just amazing to see how powerful the Great Lakes are when storms come in! But I found it was nice to walk along the shuttle road as it connected you to different parts of the park plus it is good to get more walking in! As far as camping goes, we were glad we ended up cancelling...sorry but the campground was a combination of a lack of shade, no trees with areas that looked like it was close to a swamp. But if you want to go for an easy going and I would say more of a local park with history dotted in the mix, I would still say this park is worth the visit!
  • Spectacular place for a casual hike. Many great options, including prairie hikes, woodland hikes, and a beach hike. The quarry adds another item to the options: excellent views! Campsites are comfortable and well appointed with modern facilities.
  • This campground is very clean and well maintained. Spacious, nature feels and campsites are at a good distance providing campers great privacy. Shower rooms and toilets are well maintained as well. Family friendly. Hike, bike or swim. We saw the great full moon to our surprise after taking a warm shower. Photo credit to my husband!

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