I have such warm childhood memories of going to Willard Beach on Goguac Lake with my mom and grandma during the lazy days of summer. Willard Beach is located on the east side of the lake and has been the meeting spot for many family reunions, cook outs, and lazy Sunday afternoons for decades. Great for swimming and picnics, Willard Beach is actually run by Battle Creek's Parks and Recreation Department and has a very nominal fee for entry. It's open to the public from Memorial through Labor Day.
As a child, it always seemed like a huge park - you could actually drive your car right down to the beach and then drive out on the north end and into Jennings Lane. They had diving boards, a bath house, concession stand, a sandy beach, and plenty of shade. My mom always opted for the shady area and my "waterbug" friends and I would swim all afternoon and enjoy our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the beach. This was such a great memory that I decided to share the experience with my own children and we spent many sunny afternoons at Willard Beach.
The park-like setting and ample parking makes this a perfect spot to enjoy summer afternoons with kids of all ages. I took a walk through the park just the other day and the memories came rushing back to me. Water, beach, trees, and sunshine...... ahhhhh, Summer just doesn't get much better than this!