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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 Friday, May 22, 2015:

Attention: All campgrounds are now open, including Quartzite, Northern Lights, Ice Age campgrounds and Group Camp.

Construction is completed, and finishing touches are being applied. You may find dust and dirt around the off-season's work areas, and protective fencing restricts foot traffic in newly grass-seeded areas, but essentially… ALL areas are now open!

Campers may now make camping reservations as usual for all reservable camping areas.

Thank you so much for your support and patience in dealing with the restrictions, closures and changing plans brought about by these important projects!

Construction wrapping up, all campgrounds open!

All campgrounds are now open, including Quartzite Campground. The bathroom buildings are open, water facilities are turned on, concessions are open and the park is ready to go for summer!

You may now make camping reservations for all the usual reservable campsites, including Quartzite, Northern Lights, Ice Age campgrounds and Group Camp. There are two new restroom/shower buildings and two new pit-toilet buildings in the family campgrounds. New water and sewer lines were installed in both the north and south shore picnic areas.

You'll find some dust and dirt in the construction areas, and some areas are restricted with protective fence to give the newly seeded grass a chance to grow back, but generally, ALL areas are now open.

Trails

All hiking and mountain bike trails are now open.

Fires

In some years, certain areas of the park are scheduled for prescribed or "controlled" burns. These are done with very careful supervision on select days, only under strict weather, wind and humidity conditions. It helps the desirable native plants thrive and plays a natural role in managing the park.

This year at Devil's Lake, Roznos Meadows was burned in early May. It will only take a few weeks for the blackened meadow to be overwhelmingly green again. Some land in the Riverland Conservancy, just south and east of the park, are also scheduled for burning this spring.

This is a good time to view the effigy mounds because fire crews have finished prescribed burns on the mounds. A couple of years ago, the effigy mounds were planted with native grasses and plants, and an occasional burn helps these plants thrive and keeps the common bluegrass and domestic plants at bay. Temporarily blackened for a few days, the mounds are quickly sprouting a fresh growth of native grasses and plants.

Fishing

Fishing is open for the season. You'll need a fishing license if you're age 16 or over.

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.

Water facilities, showers and RV dump/fill stations are mostly open now. Group Camp showers will not open until Memorial Day weekend.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sundays from 12 - 3 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. It is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Events

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

Concessions

The north shore Chateau is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The south shore concessions and the Ice Age Store will be open on weekends only for a few weeks.

More information

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. As of Friday, May 22, the north shore Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Park newspapers and maps are available at the main north and south shore entrance stations. Self-pay stations (cash or check only) are available for use at five locations in the park.

Last revised: Friday May 22 2015