Less than 5 miles from our location was granted silver-tier dark-sky status by the International Dark-Sky Association because of the low levels of light pollution in our area. We have taken steps to minimize light pollution in our park so that stargazing and meteor watching is optimized.

We only use flame bulbs within the park to preserve night vision, so bring flashlights, glow sticks and get ready to see the night sky in a whole new way!

Calendar of Dark Sky Events

May 5–7  Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

This will be one of the year’s best meteor showers with up to 50 meteors per hour at it’s peak! What makes it even more special is that the new moon will make the sky even darker for a more spectacular show — don’t sit this one out in the city under harsh street lights!

June 22  Full Moon (Strawberry Moon)

A full moon produces the brightest night sky which is great for moonlit walks, kayak paddling, fishing and family nights at the campground!

July 5  New Moon

A new moon is when the earth’s shadow makes the moon seem invisible, creating the darkest night sky! It’s perfect for celestial viewing of constellations and the Milky Way!

July 21 Full Moon (Buck Moon)

A full moon produces the brightest night sky which is great for moonlit walks, kayak paddling, fishing and family nights at the campground!

July 29–31 Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

The Delta Aquarids are occurring this year during a 40% full moon which will compete with the brightness of the shooting stars. Your best bet is to stargaze after midnight in your reserved site at a dark sky park like Hidden Lakes Family Campground!

August 4 New Moon

A new moon is when the earth’s shadow makes the moon seem invisible, creating the darkest night sky! It’s perfect for celestial viewing of constellations and the Milky Way! Keep a lookout for the constellations Delphinus, Vulpecula and Cygnus.

Aug 12-13 Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the year’s best! You can spot up to 100 shooting stars per hour. Once the moon sets after midnight, you will get your best viewing – especially at a dark sky park!

August 19 Full Moon (Sturgeon Moon), Blue Moon

This blue moon gets its name because it is the third full moon in a season with four full moons. This only happens every 2.5 years. A full moon produces the brightest night sky which is great for moonlit walks, kayak paddling, fishing and family nights at the campground!

September 3 New Moon

A new moon is when the earth’s shadow makes the moon seem invisible, creating the darkest night sky! It’s perfect for celestial viewing of constellations and the Milky Way! Keep a lookout for the constellations Pegasus and Lacerta.

September 5 Mercury Viewing

This is one of the best times to get a good look at this planet all year! Look low in the sky right before sunrise.

September 8 Saturn Viewing

Saturn is at its closest to Earth and its very brightest, visible all night. You can see it as a yellow dot with the naked eye but with a telescope you can see the rings!

September 17 Partial Lunar Eclipse

For about an hour, part of the full moon will go dark as it passes through the earth’s shadow.

September 18 Full Moon (Harvest Moon) Supermoon

This supermoon appears slightly larger in the sky—the first of 2024’s three supermoons.

A full moon produces the brightest night sky which is great for moonlit walks, kayak paddling, fishing and family nights at the campground!