June 2023 eNewsletter

Calling all Volunteers! 

FLSP needs you! There are numerous volunteer opportunities including the Michigan Returnables Program, Guest Entertainment/Presenter series, Blessing of the Boats, and Adopt a Highway Litter Pick-ups. For more information on volunteering, please visit our volunteer page.


Fourteen volunteers this past week painted campsite numbers on the blacktop in the Cedar campground and part of the Pines campground.  Tweleve volunteers spent time on Saturday, June 3, pulling Mustard Seed plants and other invasive species on LSP property just off of Piney Ridge Road. Thank you to all our volunteers for making a difference. 


Have you ever walked a trail or area of the LSP so frequently that you have said to yourself, "I would love to adopt this trail". Well now you can. Check out the FLSP Adopt a Trail page that contains information on adopting an LSP trail and in doing so helping all of us enjoy it more. There are a total of 23 trails to adopt and the best part is it does not cost you anything beyond your time. 

Track Chairs

The two track chairs, donated by FLSP, are available for use this summer. You can find out more information regarding the track chairs by visiting the FLSP webpage or by contacting the Ludington State Park Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 231-843-2423 to reserve a track chair. 

In April, FLSP was asked if the track chair could be used during a 4th grade class field trip. The answer was yes and we received the following response from Vanessa Trejo, mother of 4th grader Ariel, "When I told my daughter the news that she would be able to use the track chair at a field trip with her class, her entire face lit up with tears in her eyes as she shook her hands in the air saying "really, really momma, I am so happy. This is going to be the best field trip of my entire life! Now everyone won't be so far away from me, I can keep up with them, I'm so happy."

"Thank you to everyone who made these options possible. I just wanted to share how bright you all make others days, not just for the person using the equipment, but for the family and friends around them."

FLSP extends our sincere appreciation to all the donors and volunteers that have helped us improve access at the LSP for everyone!

Ariel using the track char at LSP in 2022.

No Monthly Guided Hikes During the Summer

The Guided Hike Leaders are taking the summer off. They will resume offering monthly guided hikes in September.

Blessing of the Boats

The Blessing of the Boats has selected FLSP as their 2023 charity partner. The event will be held on June 24 at Waterfront Park from noon to 7 p.m. Please plan on supporting this event!

We need 28 volunteers in order to have a successful event. Please volunteer today.

2023 Guest Presenter Series

The 2023 Guest Presenter series sponsored by FLSP kicks off 7 p.m.on June 13 at the Amphitheater with a performance by the Michigan Folk Legends. The 22 events making up the series are free to the public and run through Labor Day weekend. Check out the full schedule by clicking here.

Dave Hall Honored

On June 1, at a FLSP Member reception held at the Lake MI Beach House, FLSP Founding Board Member Dave Hall was honored for his role in establishing and helping to lead FLSP for 30 years. Dave retired from the FLSP Board in 2022 in order to be able to spend more time with his wife, Chrissie. FLSP is indebted to both Dave and Chrissie for their 30 years of dedication to the LSP. As Patrick O'Hare, FLSP Board President, noted, the impact of Dave's efforts are visible throughout the park.

Brrrewfest 2023 sets a record!

Chamber staff presenting the check to FLSP.

$15,101.52! That is the amount from the Brrrewfest 2023 proceeds that the Chamber Alliance of Mason County was able to donate to Friends of Ludington State Park. Brrrewfest remains the largest annual FLSP fundraiser. The Chamber could not raise this amount if it was not for the 100 volunteers that assist FLSP ever year. Thank you to the Chamber and all our volunteers for another successful year. 

Beech Leaf Disease

The DNR invites you to attend a webinar presentation by Simeon Wright, DNR forest health specialist, on Beech Leaf Disease on June 14 at 9 a.m. It should be a good overview of BLD and identification. It was detected recently in Washtenaw County and is expected to spread throughout the state. It has now spread throughout all of Pennsylvania. It seems that once trees are infested, large canopy trees can decline and die in 6-10 years. Click here to register for the free webinar.

Welcoming our Newest Business Member

FLSP is pleased to announce that our friends at Safe Harbor Credit Union are now a business member of FLSP.  Thank you to Safe Harbor Credit Union for joining FLSP!