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- Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions
Conditions as of Wednesday, November 13, 2013:
Some Frosty Hints of Winter
The off-season has arrived, and enough snow fell on November 11 to make the ground 80 percent white. Nights are dropping down below freezing and campers hurry to build morning fires so they can have a hot breakfast and warm their fingers. Daytime temperatures are cool and crisp. Some hikers consider this the absolute best time of the year for exploring trails and back-country.
Hunting in the Park
Gun and archery hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the property from Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, except that hunting with legal archery methods is allowed through the Sunday nearest Jan. 6. Hunting is not allowed around the lake and the popular bluff trails, the picnic areas, open campgrounds, or at Parfrey’s Glen.
The Nature Center is open during the off-season Thursday and Friday from noon to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday, and may be open some irregular hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.
See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of events at all state parks.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Twilight Delight Hike. Looking for a great way to end your day? Join us for a guided twilight nature hike. We’ll tine our sense into the early evening sights, scents, and sounds as we go in search of the Park’s furry and feathered creatures of the night. Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 3-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 Trail Trek – Parfrey’s Glen. Take a nature break! We’ll spend a late fall hiking Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. If the stream is high, the trail can be a bit wet to walk through, so wear shoes that you don’t mind getting a little soggy. Meet at the Parfrey’s Glen parking lot, County Highway DL 2.1 miles east of Highway 113. 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Go! Point, Shoot - Photography. Anytime of the year is a perfect time for a scavenger hunt, especially if it’s with your camera! Drop in the nature center to pick up your scavenger hunt card, then head out with your camera to take pictures. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. Nature Center. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 - Winter Solstice Celebration. December 21st is Winter Solstice — the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Join us for a Solstice Celebration by making simple tree ornaments or paper bag lantern; roast a marshmallow (or two) around the fire; go on a self-guided hike; or just come in to enjoy the nature center! Nature Center. 6-9 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1 - First Day Hike. America’s State Parks is once again hosting First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. These hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. This year at Devil’s Lake, we are going to take a twilight hike/snowshoe through Roznos Meadow. Dress warm and bring a flashlight and your snowshoes. We’ll have snowshoes to loan as well. Parking lot on Hwy 113. 3-4:30 p.m.
Don't move firewood!
Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.
Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds are now closed for the season. Quartzite Campground (or a portion) will be open throughout the winter.
Water facilities (hot showers, running water restrooms, RV dump/fill stations, outdoor water taps) are now closed for the season
Throughout winter, running water restrooms (but no showers) will always be available at the Headquarters and Visitor Center. Non-flush restroom facilities are available year round in five locations around the park. In Quartzite Campground, a winterized water tap and pit toilet buildings are available.
The north shore Chateau and all concessions are now closed for the season. Concessions offers snacks, coffee, food, some groceries and camping supplies, ice, and boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats). The Chateau will re-open in the spring, approximately the first weekend in May 2014.
Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. During the off-season, the Visitor Center will be open daily (except Christmas day) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park newspapers and maps are available at the main north and south shore entrance stations. Self-pay stations are available for use at five locations in the park.