Hawk Island

Hawk Island County Park is a 100 acre park, located on Cavanaugh Road, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Aurelius Road, in south Lansing is the newest park in our system. Long-time residents will remember the Sablain Gravel Pit location, which has been transformed into a beautiful park featuring natural planting areas. 

Please note there is a vehicle entrance fee to enter Hawk Island year round.

Hawk Island offers rowboat and pedal boat rental, a swimming beach, Splash Pad®, picnic areas and shelters, sand volleyball, horseshoes, paved accessible walkways (1.5 miles) and fishing docks and a concession stand. Come check out the community built playground or the state-of-the-art Splash Pad®. In the winter, bring the family and enjoy snow tubing! Then warm up and take a break in the warming lodge. For more information on activities available at this park, please visit our Things to Do page

Dogs are allowed at Hawk Island with the exception of the area between the playground and the concession stand, which comprises the beach and Splash Pad® area. All dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash.

For more information on user fees for the Soldan Dog Park, an off-leash dog park adjacent to Hawk Island click here. The Soldan Dog Park is a City of Lansing facility, which is maintained cooperatively with the Ingham County Parks Department.

Hours of Operation:
The park opens one half hour before sunrise for pedestrian access and 8:00am for vehicle access. The park closes one half hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted. Winter hours may vary depending on snow conditions, please call 517-676-2233 for specific winter hours.

Questions? Contact Brian Collins, Park Manager at parks@ingham.org.

Hawk Island Park
1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd.
Lansing MI, 48910

Hawk Island Facility Map
Hawk Island Trail Distances


Hawk Island County Park originated as a gravel pit that was established in the early 1940's by Sablain's Gravel Co. Gravel was mined and used for cement. Water filled the pit from underground aquifiers to form a pond. An island formed in the center of the pit from mined calcium carbonate by-products. Wild fish, turtle, and plant populations were established by seasonal flooding from nearby Sycamore Creek. The pond currently covers 30 acres and has a mean depth of 13.5 ft and maximum depth of 27 ft at a maximum water level.

In 1994, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appropriated $300,000 to match a $900,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to acquire the property known as the Sablain Gravel Pit.

In 1998, preliminary work was completed including the diversion of a storm drain from the lake to Sycamore Creek, the construction of a dike and spillway along the Sycamore Creek, the installation of perimeter fence and the planning of approximately 126 trees to provide a natural buffer along the eastern boundary.

In 1999, Phase I included restoration, and the first phase of a water resource oriented park, including picnic areas/shelters, sledding hills, cross-country ski rentals, boardwalks, and fishing docks, playground, roads and parking, and the maintenance building.

In 2000, Phase II included the construction of the swimming beach, including underwater grading, bathhouse/boat rental/snack bar, sand volleyball courts, additional fishing piers and boardwalks, a children's play area, and boat dock.

In 2001, the pond was partially drained to install a sand beach in the southeast corner. In July 2002, Hawk Island County Park opened to the public for swimming, boating, picnicking, and fishing.

A community built playground was added to the park in 2004 and a state-of-the-art Splash Pad® opened in August 2006.