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Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
608-356-8301

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, October 23, 2014:

Autumn at Devil's Lake

As of October 23, autumn leaves are about 60% turned to color and 40% fallen. Fall colors are looking good, though we're now probably just a bit past peak color. For the past week, the north shore entrance road has been a glorious tunnel of yellow color from the maples.

The turkey vultures have started gathering at the park. You may see large groups (kettles) over the lake and just outside the park. The vultures gather at Devil's Lake area before migrating south for the winter. Birds have started migrating and visitors can find coots, gulls and geese gathering on the lake. Osprey and eagles have been more active along the south shore as well.

Construction will significantly impact fall and winter camping

Attention: Due to multiple Shower/Flush Toilet Building development projects all family campgrounds are now closed for the off-season.

We have targeted this project to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend in 2015 or earlier. Please sign up for future email updates via Gov Delivery.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your support while we complete this very important project.

Group Camp will remain open all year.

Group Camp is completely reserved by groups on weekends through November 16.It may be used by family campers on some weekdays (on a first-come, first-served basis). Availability for family camping will depend on reservations through the fall and winter. One winterized water tap will be available and non-flush restrooms will be open. There are no electric hook-ups at the Group Camp.

The exact duration of these closures is necessarily indefinite, since the work and construction schedules depend on weather and other variable factors.

Trails

All hiking and mountain biking trails are open.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open during the fall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays. It will be closed on Mondays.

Events

There will be a candlelight walk, campfire and refreshments on Saturday evening, October 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the north shore Rock Elm Shelter.

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

Camping

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.

Concessions

The north shore Chateau is still open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the water supply is turned off, sometime during the next few days to two weeks. The south shore concessions and the Ice Age Store are now closed for the season.

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 8:30 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.

Last revised: Thursday October 23 2014