Park Updates

Employment Opportunities: To apply for a job with Ingham County Parks Department, please click HERE and scroll down and click the link to apply under summer seasonal job opportunities. Positions available at Burchfield Park in Holt, Hawk Island in Lansing, Lake Lansing Parks in Haslett, and the Administrative Office in Mason:

Park Staff - $9.25 per hour. Positions include Rangers, Gate Attendants, Snack Bar and Rental Attendants.
Lifeguards - $11.00 per hour. These positions begin working in late May and continue through Labor Day weekend.
Office Management Intern - $10.00 per hour. Work location: Mason office.

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking for opportunities to learn about nature and to improve your favorite park?  We offer flexible volunteer outings for groups and individuals of all ages, please e-mail Emma Jakobcic ( and click HERE for more information.

Shelter Rentals: Ingham County Parks have picnic shelters that accommodate 50 to 375 people.  Learn which shelter will best meet your group’s needs by calling the parks office at 517-676-2233 or click HERE to review shelter prices, seating accommodations, and pictures of the shelters. Reservations can be made by calling 517-676-2233 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm. 

Exploring Nature Day Camp at Burchfield Park: Registration is open for day camp at Burchfield Park.  Click HERE for session dates.  Call 517-676-2233 to register.

Upcoming Events

May 6

Dr. Bill Earl Youth Fishing Program

Hawk Island County Park
Join us on May 6th, 13th, and 20th at the Beach Cabana at Hawk Island for a day of youth fishing. This is a hands on educational program that the Ingham County Parks is proud to help facilitate. Registration opens March 1st. To register, visit: 

May 20

Capital City Dragon Boat Race

Hawk Island County Park


Teams will be practicin2014 Kids teamdragon_boat_event_5675hdg all day from 10:30 a.m. to about 5:00 p.m. The course at Hawk Island Park will allow viewers  to have a 360 degree view of the lake to watch all of the action! Stop by to watch your team practice!


7:30 a.m. – Teams start group tai chi workout and participate in the traditional Awakening the Dragons ceremony. Again this year: a Pink Carnation Remembrance ceremony, honoring those who have lost their battle with cancer, those who continue the fight, and those who have won their battle.

8:30 a.m. – Races begin!

May 20

Run for the Ages 5K

Hawk Island County Park
Join us for the 4th annual walk/run/wheel race! Proceeds of this all ages, all abilities event benefit Tri-County Office on Aging, a regional not-for-profit organization serving older adults, persons with disabilities, families and caregivers through in-home services such as Meals on Wheels.

May 29

Sparrow Hospice Benefit Car Show

Hawk Island County Park 
Net proceeds will benefit Sparrow Hospice Services - a non-profit hospice! Awards will be given out to the top 20 cars, 5 sponsor trophies and best of show! 

Jun 2

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Life Support
Join us for a night at Lake Lansing South! Life support will provide live entertainment by playing music from the 70's & 80's. FREE PARKING starts at 6pm! 
2017 Annual Park Passes Available

Annual 2017 passes, for Ingham County residents are available for $30.  2017 annual passes are valid from purchase date until December 31, 2017.   Non-Ingham County residents passes are $40.   Annual passes are available at all park gatehouses and in the parks office at 121 E. Maple St., Mason. There is a daily per vehicle entrance fee year-round of $3 for Ingham County residents and $5 for non-residents at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, Lake Lansing Park-North, and Lake Lansing Park-South.  No vehicle entrance fees will be collected one hour prior to the Friday night Band Shell concert at Lake Lansing Park-South.  Ingham County welcomes everyone to our parks.  If paying the vehicle entrance fee would be a hardship, please ask the attendant to waive the fee with a hardship pass.