Park Updates

Upcoming Meetings: Click HERE for more information on upcoming meetings of the Special Trails and Parks Committee and the Park Commission.

Beach Hours: weather permitting the swimming beaches at Hawk Island and Lake Lansing South are open 12-8pm seven days a week. The beach at Burchfield Park is open 12-8pm weekends/holidays and closed Monday-Friday. Click HERE for more information.

Sound of Summer Concerts: the Friends of Ingham County Parks host free Friday Night Concerts at the Lake Lansing Park South Band Shell concert stage June-August. All Friday evening performances begin at 7pm. There is free parking and admission, and for the kids, free entry to play on a moonwalk and giant slide! Bring your lawn chair and a picnic and we will see you this summer.  Click HERE for the schedule. 

Canoeing/kayaking: The McNamara Landing and Bunker Road canoe/kayak trips are open for the season.  The Eaton Rapids trip is currently closed due to downed trees in the river. Click HERE for more information.

Pedal Boat & Rowboat Rental: Click HERE for rental hours and rates.

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

Sep 16

Capital Area Out of the Darkness Walk

Hawk Island County Park 

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience

Sep 17

Capital City River Run

Hawk Island County Park
Making the most of the surrounding terrain of the “Mid-Michigan” area, Lansing’s Capital City River Run Half Marathon & 5K takes runners along a course that’s a mix of urban city streets and big buildings as well as mile after mile of trails that run alongside the Grand River, which cuts right through the heart of the city.

The course will make it's way through Hawk Island using the river trail loop. 

Sep 17

Walk 'N Roll for ALS

Hawk Island County Park
2017 marks the 17th year of Walking 'n Rolling for ALS! We invite you and your family and friends to join us at our largest fundraiser of the year. What better way to make a difference for our Michigan ALS community than to form a Walk team in honor of your special pALS?
Sep 22

Mobile Farmers Market

Mobile Farmers Market at Hawk Island
The North West Initiative will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables to park attendees out of their mobile truck. The truck will be visiting the park every Friday from 3 - 5 pm!  

Sep 26

MParks Grand Experience

The communities of Southern Michigan Recreation and Park Association invite individuals 50 years of age and better to join us on this all inclusive trip complete with five-course dinners, cocktail reception, carriage tour, and variety of programs exclusively for our group and this special 50th Anniversary that will make your vacation at this world class destination a truly Grand Experience!

When: Tuesday, September 26 - Friday, September 29, 2017
Who: Individuals 50+ and their guests (only one individual in each room must be 50 or over)
Where: Three nights at the elegant Grand Hotel

Click HERE to download the registration form.  Reservation deadline is May 12, 2017.
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.