Splash & Swim

Swimming Beaches & Splash Pad® Information

Enjoy swimming at our beaches at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, or Lake Lansing Park South (hours vary by park, see below for more information).

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:

  1. They are often used as a substitute for proper parental supervision.
  2. They enable both swimmers and non-swimmers to reach water that is over their heads where an accidental drowning can occur.
  3. Improperly worn or fitted life jackets do not insure against drowning.
  4. The swimmer can become dependent on the flotation device.
  5. 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.

Burchfield Park Beach

The beach is open for swimming Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. The beach is closed Monday-Friday.  

Featured in this 540 acres of scenic woods and trails is a swimming beach located just 8 miles from downtown Lansing.  Along with a swimming beach, Burchfield Park also has a bath house.  The beach at Burchfield Park is open only on weekends Saturday and Sundays and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.  The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty. The beach at Burchfield Park is closed for swimming and wading Monday - Friday.   

Hawk Island Beach

Located in Lansing and home to a 30-acre lake, including a sandy beach, bath house, and Splash Pad®. Hawk Island also has an accessible asphalt path encompassing the entire lake that is perfect for a leisurely stroll along the lake.

Beach Hours
The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty:

May 27 - August 27
12:00pm to 8:00pm

August 28-August 31

Closed

September 1-September 4
12:00pm to 8:00pm

The beach closes for the season on September 5th.

Hawk Island Splash Pad®

The Splash Pad® is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 9:00am to 8:00pm weather permitting and is free of charge. If it rains, the Splash Pad® is non-operational. 

The Splash Pad® at Hawk Island is a zero depth water park with fifteen features to spray, splash, and dump a blast of refreshing cool water! The Splash Pad® water is clean and treated so the whole family can cool off!  The variety of splash features offer something for kids of any age.  The Splash Pad®, is located adjacent to the beach house, offers lounge chairs and chaise lounges for adults to relax while the kids enjoy themselves. Large shade kites surround the Splash Pad® for those really hot days. Grab your suit and a towel and come play in the water!  

The Splash Pad® is not supervised by park staff.  Children under age 12 should have adult supervision. No running or climbing on spray structures, no food, drink, or glass containers, diaper changing in restrooms only, swim diapers required - no age limit, family oriented facility - proper attire is requested, water shoes recommended.

Lake Lansing Park South Beach

Take a swim on a hot summer at Lake Lansing Park South.  The park has a sandy beach and bath house and is only 7 miles from downtown Lansing located in Haslett.  

Beach Hours
The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty:

May 27 - August 27
12:00pm to 8:00pm

August 28-September 1

Closed

September 2-September 4
12:00pm to 8:00pm

The beach closes for the season on September 5th.