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- Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions
Conditions as of Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016:
Autumn leaves are about 60 percent turned to color and 30 percent fallen, so the weekend of Oct. 22 will likely be very good colors, and by the weekend of Oct. 29, peak colors will definitely have passed, and after that the leaves will all be on the ground.
The timing of fall colors is not predictable with any precision, but usually the middle two weeks of October are your best bet for visiting Devil’s Lake and catching the brightly colored leaves. Sometimes the fall colors happen just right on a few sunny afternoons, and the maple trees along the north shore entrance road are a glorious blaze of yellow – a half-mile long tunnel of golden leaves.
The park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, there will be a Candlelight Walk starting at the north shore Chateau. This is a self-guided walk, and you may participate anytime from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a campfire and refreshments available to purchase from the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.
All hiking trails are open, but mountain bike trails are closed due to muddy conditions.
Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds are now closed for the season. Quartzite Campground will be open throughout winter.
Water facilities (showers, running water restrooms, RV dump/fill stations, outside water taps) will be turned off soon after Columbus Day Weekend in early October. Vault toilets and one winterized water tap are available for campers in Quartzite Campground throughout winter. Running water restrooms (no showers) will be available at the north shore headquarters and visitor center buildings through winter.
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.
The Nature Center is open Saturdays (closed Sundays), and is also open sporadically on weekdays throughout the fall and winter. There are activities and programs on some Saturdays 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 will be open daily (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at least through October. The Ice Age Store and the South Shore Concessions are now closed for the season. Boat rentals are still available, but are dependent on weather.
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 4 p.m. daily, and usually later on Friday and Saturday nights. Park 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.
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. The 2016 annual stickers are valid through Dec. 31, 2016. The new 2017 stickers will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 1.