Beach

Swimming Beaches & Splash Pad® Information

Our beaches at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, and Lake Lansing Park South are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weather permitting (hours are 12:00pm - 8:00pm).  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.


Burchfield Park Beach
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 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, 7 days a week. The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty when available.   We encourage all users to practice social distancing. 

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. The beach at Hawk Island is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, 7 days a week. The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty when available.  We encourage all users to practice social distancing. 

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 in 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 and 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, bath house, and snack bar and is only 7 miles from downtown Lansing located in Haslett. The beach at Lake Lansing Park South is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, 7 days a week.  The beach is open when weather permits and lifeguards are on duty when available.  We encourage all users to practice social distancing. 

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