Hartman Creek turns 50
State park events set for June 4
By Greg Seubert
Hartman Creek State Park will observe its 50th anniversary Saturday, June 4, with several planned events.
The park, located seven miles west of Waupaca off of State Highway 54, opened its doors in 1966.
Events are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hartman Lake Picnic Lake’s enclosed shelter.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Vintage photos of the park will be displayed in the shelter. Park partners including horse and bike clubs, the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park, Ice Age Trail Alliance and state Department of Natural Resources will have demonstrations. A free fishing program will also be held in the park’s amphitheater near the shelter.
• 11 a.m. to noon: Longtime park volunteer Sue Eiler will present a living history program.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Friends of Hartman Creek State Park will provide free food and drink in the shelter.
• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Scheduled speakers at an awards presentation include former park superintendents Merl Lang and Brian Hefty, current park superintendent Mike Bergum and Friends group president Ken Karth.
• 2 p.m.: Appearance by Smokey the Bear. Free cake and lemonade will be served.
• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Music by Flip of the Coin.
The celebration will take place during the Wisconsin State Parks System’s free admission weekend, which means annual stickers are not required to enter the park that day.