October 2022 eNewsletter

Fall Festival at the LSP

Friends of Ludington State Park will host the return of the Ludington State Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Michigan beach house.

Wagon rides featuring draft horses from Meadow Breeze Farms, music by Mike Lenich and Debbie Chase (aka “80 Cows MD”), a beach bonfire, apples, donuts and cider are offered at no cost to those attending. Donations are appreciated.

Come out and enjoy the LSP for this fall event! If you are interested in volunteering to help at the event click here.  

FLSP Board Approves 2023 Capital Projects

The FLSP Board has identified and initiated funding for a number of 2023 projects. In addition to adding a second track chair, FLSP is seeking funds to replace two of the beach wheelchairs and to add a walkway on the Hamlin Beach like the walkway that FLSP funded ten years ago on the Lake MI beach. All donations towards these three projects, which total $30,500, are greatly appreciated.

FLSP Selfie Sign

To further promote the FLSP a "selfie" sign was recently placed by the Warming Shelter. The sign was designed by Chris VanWyck from Engine Creative and made by North Woods Sign Shop.

When you are out at FLSP consider having someone take your photo with the sign and post it to social media and tag FLSP.  

FLSP Board Opening

The FLSP Board is seeking qualified applicants for a Board opening. If you are interested in being considered, please complete and return by October 24 a Board Member application which can be found by clicking here. The Board meets six to eight times a year and Board Members actively coordinate and help with various FLSP projects and events throughout the year.  

Track Chair Season Extended

LSP Staff are supporting the use of the track chair for the 2022 season through Wednesday, November 23, 2022. If you know of anyone with mobility challenges that would like to be out in the park this fall, please let them know they can reserve the track chair via the FLSP website.

Monthly Guided Hikes

Hikers gathered for a group photo on Sunday, September 18.  If you have questions regarding the hikes contact Gary Hearing, Hike Coordinator, via email.

Sunday, September 18 was a perfect day for the second monthly guided hike led by volunteer hike leaders Kathy Gallagher and Ada Amore. Fifteen hikers enjoyed the hike to and from the lighthouse with some choosing to return via the beach.  

The next guided hike will be on Sunday, October 16 starting from the Warming Shelter at 2 p.m. You do not have to be an experienced hiker to participate since hiking pace and length will vary depending on the interest of the participants.

Thank you volunteers!

Our annual programs and events would not be possible without all of our amazing volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with:

  • The litter pick-ups including the third and final Adopt-a-Highway pick-up of the year on Tuesday, September 27. 
  • Passing the bucket at the entertainment/guest presenter series. 
  • Acting as Track Chair ambassadors by meeting with track chair users to review the use and safety guidelines. 
  • The Camp Hosts are the key volunteers that every year sort all the returnables and FLSP owes a big THANK YOU to Dawn and Bruce Vander Berg, John and Rita Wychers, Jack and Laura Flynn, and Warren and Becky Noble. This year FLSP volunteers Mary Anne Reiner, Bob Sasin, Ann Barber, Linda Johnson and Patrick O'Hare took back returnables to the local distributor and stores. Thank you for spending countless hours processing returnables!

Please consider donating to FLSP!

There are many ways to support the FLSP. You may give towards overall park stewardship (trees, trail maintenance, historical structure repair), programming (summer entertainment, environmental education, signage, snowshoeing) or specific projects such as the second track chair. See our donor page for more information.