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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

North Shore Chateau: The Chateau building on the north shore of Devil’s Lake State Park will be under construction from Monday, August 14 until mid-November. Weekday work will be done on the exterior of the building, Monday through Thursday, to replace siding and weather-proof windows. Concession services will still be available, however lake views from inside the building may be diminished until the project is complete.


The State Highway 12 construction around Baraboo is on the brink of completion, with new highway openings and traffic changes tentatively set to begin August 12. Be prepared for different routings if you’re used to coming to the park in certain ways. 

Summer ending soon

The last Music in the Park will be Sunday, August 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the north shore picnic area.

The last Friday night fish fry will be Friday, September 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the north shore Chateau. 

The last Big Band dance of the season will be Saturday August 26, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the north shore Chateau.

Some weeknight closures in two campgrounds will begin after Labor Day weekend, and water facilities will begin to be turned off after Columbus Day (Oct. 9). Quartzite Campground water and shower building will remain open past Columbus Day weekend as long as the weather permits.

Fall Events

This fall, two events will impact general visitors.

The Devil’s Challenge Triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 17 and will make the north shore area very congested from early morning through about noon. 

The weekend of September 29 to October 1, Devil’s Lake will host a couple thousand youth campers for the Badger Trails annual event. They will fill two of our four campgrounds, so public camping may be scarce for that weekend.

Fall Colors –  unpredictable, yet inevitable!

Fall colors are impossible to predict, but generally, the first week of October will not be too colorful, and the last week of October will be past peak.  So the middle two weeks of October are usually your best bet for prime colors.


Hiking and mountain bike trails are open.


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.

Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds will be open only on weekends starting after Labor Day weekend, and then completely closed for the season beginning October 9. During the fall, campgrounds may still be very busy on Friday and Saturday nights, so reservations are still recommended.

Water facilities begin to be turned off after Columbus Day, but Quartzite Campground water and shower building will remain open past Columbus Day weekend as long as the weather permits.

Camping changes: Campsite numbers 1 through 10 are now the only first-come, first-served non-reservable campsites at Devil’s Lake State Park. All other campsites are reservable.


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

The lake is in good shape and free of any restrictions or warnings about swimmers’ itch or bacteria levels.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the summer. There are programs almost every day. Check the Get Outdoors! Online Calendar, or peruse a bulletin board or the park newspaper when you arrive.


All concession buildings are open for the season. The north shore Chateau will be open at least through Columbus Day weekend in October. South shore concessions and the Ice Age store will be open limited hours during September and October.

More information

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 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Park maps are available at the main north and south shore entrance stations.

Visitors may purchase vehicle admission stickers at the park office or at a self-pay station in the park (check or cash). If you purchase an annual pass at a self-pay station, it will be mailed to you so write legibly and fill out the information completely.

Last revised: Friday August 11 2017