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For information, contact:
Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Conditions as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

Summer at the Lake

Conditions are great for an outing to Devil's Lake State Park. You can come out and hike, camp, picnic, birdwatch, swim, fish, boat, rock climb, have lunch, take a walk, enjoy a driving tour and about a hundred other things. Beautiful summer days are here.


Hiking trails are open but all bike trails at Devil's Lake State Park are closed. Heavy rains have caused wash-outs on many of the bike trails, especially the Steinke Basin and Uplands Trails. Until repairs are made the trails will remain closed to biking.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer. 

Love Your Park… Gently

Devil’s Lake is a very busy place in the summertime, so plan your visit accordingly.  If you can, visit on a weekday. If you come on a weekend, try to arrive before 11 a.m. or come after 3 p.m. Hike a lesser-known trail you’ve never seen before, instead of the usual bluff-top trail.  Come with friends or family and share a vehicle to conserve parking spaces.  Enjoy an evening swim with hardly anyone else at the beach.


Big Band dances are held at the north shore Chateau every other Saturday night in the summer – July 26th and August 9th and 23rd. Admission to the dance is $10 and a park sticker is required on the vehicle.

Also at the Chateau, there is a fish fry dinner each Friday evening from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., with the last one August 29th.

There are two more Music in the Park concerts at the north shore picnic area on Sunday, July 27th at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free, but a park sticker is required.

2014 Summer Naturalists programs [PDF]

See the DNR events calendar for a list of events at all state parks.


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

All campsites are now open. Restrooms and shower buildings are open.

Fall 2014 campground project

This fall, construction on new restroom/shower buildings will begin after Labor Day Weekend. Quartzite Campground and part of Northern Lights Campgrounds will be closed for most of the fall season. The exact duration of these closures is necessarily indefinite, since the work and construction schedules depend on weather and other variable factors.


All concessions facilities are open.  At the north and south shore of the lake you’re able to rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats and stand-up paddleboards.  You can purchase souvenirs, coffee, snacks, some groceries, ice and food as well.  The Ice Age Store is in the family campground and supplies some of the basic needs of campers such as firewood, food, ice, snacks and some camping supplies.

More information

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the summer.   

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.

Last revised: Tuesday July 22 2014