Photo by Steve Begnoche / American Coot Photography

Hamlin Lake Fireworks

July, 2023

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.

Clark's Castle Point Resort
Waterside Resort

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.

Hamlin Lake Fireworks in Danger of Being Canceled!

Up until now, the annual fireworks display has been funded by the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society (HLPS) members through direct donations made when renewing their membership. 

Due to various factors like inflation, and supply chain and manpower issues, the cost of the show will likely be more than the current donation amount will cover.

In 2023, the HLPS announced that $25,000 would need to be raised by the end of January 2023 in order to continue with the fireworks display.

How to Donate to the Hamlin Lake Fireworks Fund:

  • By visiting 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
  • By donating to the Community Foundation of Mason County and indicating that the donation is for the fireworks fund.
  • Donating at

*Donations are tax deductible

For more information on the Hamlin Lake Fireworks or to make a donation, please contact:

HLPS (Hamlin Lake Preservation Society)

PO Box 178, Ludington, MI 49431

Kent Gage at (231) 843-3169