2021 Summer Fun Day

Please join us Saturday, August 21 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Wisswasser Park in Bath Township (across from Park Lake boat launch) for the Friends of Park Lake Summer Fun Day. In recent years our group has hosted the Summer Solstice Festival, but due to Covid we decided to plan our celebration for later in summer. The Summer Fun Day will incorporate FREE fun for all ages, including:

  • Twilight Memories Big Band Concert from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Lake Exploration with Clinton County MSU Extension
  • Art in the Park – Bath Public Art Committee
  • Exploring our Natural World – Bath Public Library
  • Obstacle Course with Prizes
  • Kids’ Bounce House
  • Bath Fire Dept Truck Demo
  • Park Lake Advisory Board member presence
  • Popcorn by Bath Cub Scout Pack 267
  • Food Trucks
  • Kayak Raffle

We hope to see you there!

For more information, please email friendsofparklake@gmail.com, or go to our Facebook page, Friends of Park Lake, for most recent updates.

2020 Summer Solstice Festival cancelled

We regret to announce that we’ve decided to cancel this year’s Summer Solstice Festival, originally scheduled for June 27 at Wiswasser Park, Rickard Boat Launch and Park Lake Beach. Due to Covid-19 and related social distancing and other safety restrictions, we believe it’s best to forego the event this year rather than try to adapt all events accordingly. While we will certainly miss all the fun events such as the cardboard boat race, children’s games and activities, big net casting, silent auction and Lions cookout, we’ll be back next year!

Meanwhile, remember than Wiswasser Park and Park Lake Beach are still open every day for summertime fun, such as swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating and fishing. Park Lake Beach features a fishing dock, lakefront pavilion with picnic tables and plenty of sand and sun.

Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you at the lake, and at next year’s Summer Solstice Festival!

2020 Summer Solstice Festival update

Our tentative date for the 2020 Friends of Park Lake Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 27. At this time nobody is certain of the trajectory the Covid-19 virus will take, but we are hoping we can safely celebrate our beautiful lake, and the wonderful community that surrounds it, in June as planned. However, due to the virus-related restrictions, our festival may need to look and feel slightly different in 2020 than in years past. We will likely need to trade some of our traditional entertainment options, such as bounce houses and face paining for the kiddos, for entertainment options more suitable for the “new normal” of social distancing. We hope to still host the cardboard boat race and other activities that can take place with safe social distancing. Of course, if state of Michigan lockdown restrictions are still in place in June we may need to reschedule the event for later in the summer. Please check back frequently for updates as the Covid-19 situation evolves. Stay safe and well!


2020 Summer Solstice Festival

Planning is underway for the sixth annual Friends of Park Lake Summer Solstice Festival! This free, fun, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, June 27 in Wiswasser Park and at Park Lake Beach. Activities will include a Cardboard Boat Race, children’s inflatable floatie activities, free kayak and paddleboard demonstrations, big net casting, a silent auction and much more. Mark your calendar now — you won’t want to miss this unique lakefront event which is growing more popular every year!

Last year we had five awesome teams competing for prizes (and bragging rights) in our first annual Cardboard Boat Race. We’re hoping for some strong competition this year! Start drawing up your plans now. Online registration will be available soon!


Our fifth annual Friends of Park Lake Summer Solstice Festival was a huge success! Beautiful weather encouraged great attendance, and we witnessed a lot of fun and laughter while enjoying the activities and entertainment. We’d like to thank all who participated in the Silent Auction; we surpassed our 2019 goal, and funds will be used toward preserving and beautifying Park Lake and the surrounding area.

Please mark your calendar for next year’s Summer Solstice Festival: Saturday, June 27.

If you have any ideas for fun activities or entertainment you’d like to see included in next year’s event, please submit using our Contact Us form on this website.

Thank you once again to our generous sponsors who made the 2019 Summer Solstice Festival a success. We literally could not have done it without you!


The first annual Friends of Park Lake Summer Solstice Festival Cardboard Boat Race was great fun, and drew some awesome boat designs and some very enthusiastic crews. Not only did most of the five participating boats make it around the buoy and back to the finish line, we had an enthusiastic crowd cheering them on, and some very happy winners!

Our 2019 CARDBOARD BOAT RACE winners:

First Place:

Boat name:  Bath Township Fire Department

Crew:  Roger Dunham and April Zahniser

Second Place: 

Boat Name:  Go Turbo!

Crew:  Alison Lathrup and Nia

Third Place:

Boat Name:  Unsinkable AIKO – Bath Township Police Department

Crew:  Avengers – Sergeant Chris Hamilton and Officer Avery Lyon

Most Creative:

Boat Name:  Prater

Crew:  Nancy Prater and Timi Ferrigan

Titanic (fastest sinking):

Boat name:  C.C. Trout – Friends of Park Lake

Crew:  Tom Williams

Next year’s Cardboard Boat Race will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Park Lake Beach. Mark your calendars, and start thinking about your boat design and winning crew members now. We’re looking forward to some stiff competition next year!

2019 Summer Solstice Festival June 22

Join us for free, festive lakefront family fun on Saturday, June 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm . The fifth annual Summer Solstice event will be held in Wiswasser Park, at the Park Lake Beach, and at the Park Lake boat launch. Festivities include:


  • Summit Sports Kayak and Paddleboard Demonstrations: Free demonstrations of popular small watercraft (ages 16 and up)
  • Big Net Casting: Individuals and families working together with MSU Fisheries to cast a BIG net into the lake, pull it up and discover what lies underneath the water

At Park Lake Beach

First Annual Cardboard Boat Building Competition and Race

  • 5:30 – 7:00 Registration at the Gazebo at Park Lake Beach
  • 7:00 pm: Cardboard boat judging
  • 8:00 pm: Cardboard boat race (watch Bath Police challenge East Lansing Police in this inaugural event!)

At Wiswasser Park, across from Park Lake

4:00 until sold out

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by Bath Lions Club, served with chips and a drink

4:00 – 8:00 pm

  • Art in the Park – Bath Public Art Committee
  • Mural painting – Bath Public Art Committee
  • Textile Art – Bath Quilting Bees
  • Wood Carving – Mid-Michigan Wood Carvers Association, DeWitt Chapter
  • Moon Walk – Kazoo Entertainment
  • Obstacle Course
  • Face Painting – Bath Senior Center
  • Summer Solstice Experience – Bath Library
  • Wheelbarrow Races – Friends of Park Lake
  • Giant Bubbles
  • Clinton County MSU Extension – 4-H
  • Touch the Truck – Bath Fire Department

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Live Comedian and Magician Show – Mark Tripp

4:00 – 7:30

Silent Auction – Friends of Park Lake

SUmmer Solstice Sponsors

A sincere thank you to our Summer Solstice sponsors! We truly appreciate your support of our Summer Solstice event, providing free family fun for kids of all ages! Please see Summer Solstice page for a complete list of our generous sponsors and donors.

For more information about the Summer Solstice event, please contact:

Judith Gardi at (517) 641-8627 or at friendsofparklake@gmail.com