PARKING AND HOURS OF OPERATION
A state park sticker is required to get into and enjoy the park. Park hours are 6AM to 11PM. Closest parking is at N43 29.793 W87 47.706.
HARRINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of sandy beach located along the shore of Lake Michigan in Ozaukee County. Enjoy the lake breezes as you stroll or sunbathe on the beach. This 715-acre park features a scenic 25-acre limestone quarry lake, an 80-acre white cedar lowland forest, and a 300-acre upland area affording a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and excellent birdwatching opportunities. There is a one-half mile interpretive nature trail, a hiking trail around Quarry Lake, a historical trail highlighting the history of the mining community once located in the park, about two miles of cross country ski trails, and over a dozen geocaches. Quarry Lake and Puckett's Pond provide great fishing opportunities within the park. There are four picnic areas overlooking Lake Michigan and two near Quarry Lake. Other features of the park include drinking water, restrooms, campgrounds, shuttle service, parking, and swimming. Swimming in Lake Michigan can be very cold at times so use good judgment in deciding whether to swim. Enjoy your visit!
The Lake Michigan shoreline dominates the till plains biome. This biome was shaped by the last glaciation with glacial till left behind forming the landscape of eskers, drumlins and moraines most easily seen within the Kettle Moraine forest units. The lakeshore displays sand dunes that will often adjoin tamarack swamplands. Close to Lake Michigan’s shores, birds of water such as shorebirds and ducks will be found. Animal life may include White Tailed Deer and small mammals such as otters and fox.
WISCONSIN GEOCACHING ASSOCIATION
The Wisconsin Geocaching Association (WGA) is a group of geocachers dedicated to promoting and protecting geocaching within the state of Wisconsin. The WGA organizes geocaching events, works with land owners/managers on geocaching policies, educates the public at large about geocaching, and facilitates communication between WGA members. To learn more about the WGA visit: www.wi-geocaching.com
2013 kicks off the beginning of the Wisconsin Geocaching Association State Parks series. It is our goal to place a geocache in every state park in the state of Wisconsin so watch for more in this series that encourages geocachers to explore the natural resources in this beautiful state of ours.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Ranger Andrew Krueger of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/forms/2500/2500-118.pdf