Our beaches at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, and Lake Lansing Park South are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weather permitting (hours vary by park, see below). The Hawk Island Splash Pad® is open 9:00am to 8:00pm, weather permitting, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Please note there is a vehicle entrance fee to enter Ingham County Parks.
Waterfront Safety Rules
Please note that footballs (or any type of ball), Frisbees, inflatable toys, inflatable tubes, inflatable life jackets, noodles, or any other type of inflatable/flotation device are all prohibited in the swim/beach area at Hawk Island, Burchfield Park, and Lake Lansing Park South (with the exception of Coast Guard approved life jackets).
Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water; children 4-7 must have an adult either in the water or in the sand area if the child stays between the sidewalk and first buoy line (2 1/2' marker); or children 4-7 must be accompanied by an adult beyond the first buoy line (deep end); and children 8-11 must be under the supervision of an adult (from the beach area).
Thunder and Lightning
Our beaches close during Thunder and Lightning storms, and will re-open 30 minutes after the last Thunder occurs.
Can I take a flotation device into the water? Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed in the water. All flotation devices must be Coast Guard approved for the following reasons:
- They are often used as a substitute for proper parental supervision.
- They enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to reach water that is over their heads where an accidental drowning can occur.
- Improperly worn or fitted life jackets do not insure against drowning.
- The swimmer can become dependent on the flotation device.
- Inflatable toys can impede the vision of the lifeguard.
Can I play Frisbee or catch in the water? Balls and Frisbees are not allowed in the swim/beach area. If these items hit other people in the water they could knock a small child unconscious and create an environment for a possible drowning.