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Contact information
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, September 22, 2015:

Dwindling summer, approaching autumn

Things are slowing down at the park. Yet, on nice-weather weekends, it will still be very busy, and the campground can still fill up on some weekends in September and early October.

A view of Devil's Lake in early October
Early October 2011 (photo by B. Dolgner)

Fall colors

Right now, tinges of color are starting with the reds of some of the early Virginia creeper and staghorn sumac. Fall colors are impossible to predict with any accuracy. But usually, the middle two weeks of October are the best dates to shoot for, for a day of touring to see nice leaf colors.


Quartzite Campground will remain open throughout the offseason. When snow comes, a few sites are plowed even during the winter. Northern Lights and Ice Age Campgrounds will be open only on weekends through October 11. Northern Lights, Ice Age and the Group Camp will be closed October 2-4 for a special event. Quartzite Campground will remain open to the public on that weekend.

Water facilities will be limited after the summer, and mostly shut down beginning in October. This includes RV dump/fill stations, water taps and running water restrooms and showers.


One of our last major construction projects will begin this fall to reconstruct a beach wall along the north shore. The scope of the project, including planned access paths and a new sand blanket covering the majority of the existing beach, will stretch from the west side of the Chateau to the existing quartzite rip-rap just west of the Sugar Maple shelter.

This section of beach will be closed to visitors during construction. All existing paved walkways will still be accessible and no construction equipment will be operated on the weekends. Lake access will remain on the east side of the Chateau and on the entire south beach area.


All hiking and mountain bike trails are open.


Fishing is open. 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.

Nature center

The Nature Center will be open on weekends, closed on Mondays and open some hours on Tuesdays through Fridays. Call close to your visit time for exact hours.


Devil's Lake State Park events.

The Badger Trails youth camping event happens October 2-4. There will be at least 2,000 youth campers filling three campgrounds and hiking the trails on that Saturday.


North Shore Chateau will be open daily through about Oct. 11. The Ice Age Camp Store and South Shore Concessions will be open limited hours on some weekends 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. The north shore Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but open later on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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: Tuesday September 22 2015