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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

December 11-13, North Shore Water: All water at the north shore will be temporarily turned off Monday through Wednesday, December 11-13. This means there will be no running water restrooms at all at the north shore Visitor Center or at the park headquarters building. There will be a temporary portable toilet at the north shore Visitor Center. The vault toilet building near the north shore railroad crossing will be open and available. A winterized water tap will continue to be available for campers in the Quartzite Campground, behind campsite #48.

Park stickers

The new 2018 Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission stickers are now available for sale and are valid for December and throughout all of 2018. They make great holiday gifts!

Winter is almost here

Waiting for snow to fall. Waiting for the lake to freeze over. Now is the most unhurried time of the year, so if you want to come for some solitude, this is the time. In the coming weeks, there will be ice anglers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and sledders. But for now…. waiting.


All water facilities (including outdoor taps and the RV dump/fill station) are turned off for the season.

There are about 8 non-flush restrooms that remain open through winter. The north shore Visitor Center and Headquarters restrooms are open year-round (except Dec. 11-13).

The women’s restroom at the north shore headquarters building is closed for renovations during winter. Another restroom is available across the street at the Visitor Center (except Dec. 11-13).


Hunting is allowed in certain areas of the park from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. Hunting is not allowed in the most commonly used areas of the park: the lake area, bluff trails, open campgrounds, picnic areas and Parfrey’s Glen. For any hunting violations, you may call the Wisconsin DNR violation tip line at 1-800-TIP-WDNR.


The State Highway 12 construction around Baraboo is complete. A couple of local roads to the park have been renamed as well. So be prepared for changes, and don’t count on your GPS since it won’t make sense of things until its database is updated.


Hiking and mountain bike trails are open. During the off-season, when hiking trails are snow-covered, the trails remain open, however visitors should use caution if venturing onto the trails.


Camping is very popular at Devil’s Lake. Reservations are highly recommended for any summertime camping trips and for spring and fall weekends. Call 1-888-WI-PARKS or go online to make reservations, up to 11 months ahead of time.

Quartzite Campground is the only open family campground open until about May 1, 2018. Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds are closed for the season. Non-flush restrooms and one winterized water tap will be available through the winter. When snowfall requires plowing, there will still be about a dozen electrical campsites available for winter campers.


Fishing season is open. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid fishing license, and also a trout stamp if fishing for trout.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open limited hours and days during the off-season. Check the Get Outdoors! Online Calendar, or peruse a bulletin board or the park newspaper when you arrive.


The North Shore Chateau, and all concession operations are now closed for the season, and will reopen in May 2018.

Office hours

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The North Shore Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Visitor Center will be closed Christmas weekend (Dec. 23-25). Park maps are available at the north and south shore entrance stations.

Visitors may purchase vehicle admission stickers at the park office (credit card, check or cash) or at a manual self-pay station in the park (check or cash).

Last revised: Friday December 08 2017