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The primary challenge of the Friends of Hartman Creek is to support and promote the natural growth and preservation of this 1,400 acre park near Waupaca. The group recognizes that Hartman Creek visitors not only enjoy the natural aspects of the park but the valued recreation it offers as well.

Canoeists and kayakers enjoy the seven lakes of Waupaca's Upper Chain O'Lakes that are in or adjacent to the park. Anglers also ply the waters, taking advantage of the two fishing piers. Bicyclists and hikers explore Hartman Creek's 10 miles of trails.

The Friends seek to enhance visitor experiences by further developing nature trails, among other things, and by promoting friendly use of the park's many outstanding resources. By working hand-in-hand with park staff, members of Friends of Hartman Creek map out projects, purchase needed materials, and donate time and labor to help make plans reality.

The Board of Directors is continuously considering new projects and pondering new ways to make each visitor's experience more enjoyable than the last. Recent improvements to the park are: a new wood & ice shed for campers, completely restoring the Hellestad House, an authentic Norwegian log cabin; publishing and printing the Hartman Harrier park Newspaper yearly; sponsoring the annual winter Candlelight Hike ⁄ Ski in January; Bluebird house monitoring, and most recently, purchasing a much needed 4–wheel maintenance vehicle!

A number of other ideas are in a conceptual stage and need your input and direction. You can help in other ways too. Do you see something you'd like fixed, developed, or changed at Hartman Creek? Are you willing to help make some ideas become reality? Will you become a friend?

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