Long Skinny Park is located on Lower Hamlin Lake between the South and Middle bayous. Perfect for fishing or taking in the view.
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Hamlin Lake Fireworks
While the fireworks were canceled for 2023 due to lack of funds, enough funds have been raised so that the show will go on for 2024.
How to Donate to the Hamlin Lake Fireworks Fund:
- By visiting app.autobooks.co and indicating the donation is for the fireworks fund.
- By mailing a check to the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society- P.O. Box 178, Ludington, MI, 49431. Note that the donation is for the fireworks fund.
- Include a donation for the fireworks fund when joining or renewing membership in the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society. Membership forms can be found at at hamlinlake.us/membership
- By donating to the Community Foundation of Mason County and indicating that the donation is for the fireworks fund.
- Donating at gofundme.com
*Donations are tax deductible
History of the Hamlin Lake Fireworks
Hamlin Lake Fireworks are shot from Camp Douglas Smith directly across the lake from Wilson Hill Park on Barnhart Road. The show begins at dusk.
Best viewing is by boat in the Upper Lake from Indian Pete Bayou west to Victory Park or on the South shore of the Upper Lake. For safety reasons spectators are not permitted on the grounds of Camp Douglas Smith and viewing from the North Shore is limited to private properties.
This is a true community tradition on Hamlin Lake. Starting in the 1970s, residents in the Indian Pete Bayou area began a fireworks presentation. They were soon joined by boaters and other residents with a view from the Upper Lake. It is estimated that more than 4,000 viewers now enjoy this annual event. An ice cream social is held at Wilson Hill Park prior to the display.
Special appreciation is due the Grant Twp. Fire Department and Mason Co. Sheriff’s Department for providing superb assistance in making this a safe event and to John Quiring for use of his property.
Experience Hamlin Lake
Hamlin Lake is a beautiful 5,000 acre water paradise just north of Ludington in West Michigan! Read the stories below or go to the Hamlin Lake destination page.
Enjoy a picnic by Upper Hamlin Lake. With grills, a pavilion and picnic tables available, this park provides the perfect family setting.
The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!
Small destinations within themselves, visitors of Hamlin Lake will go on an adventure to find their perfect dune.
Read about the history of Hamlin Lake, when it was created, and the major role this lake played in the milling industry in Ludington.
Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.
Enjoy this small, relaxing park as an easy place to place your boat in the water or throw a line out to catch some pan fish for dinner.
If there's one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it's excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.
Read about the mighty dam that lives in Hamlin Lake, how it came to be and how it is utilized to help protect this man-made lake.
With some of the best fishing and boating around, Hamlin Lake brings much delight as well as some of the most beautiful, scenic backdrops.
Cast your line into Upper Hamlin Lake or enjoy a picnic, the playground, or watch Hamlin Lake's Independence Fireworks at Wilson Hill Park.
For more information on the Hamlin Lake Fireworks or to make a donation, please contact:
HLPS (Hamlin Lake Preservation Society)
Kent Gage at (231) 843-3169
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