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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 Monday, April 14, 2014:

Finally, we can see liquid water in the lake! Most of the lake surface thawed around April 10. The turkey vultures are back. The great blue herons are back in their rookery. We can see real green (sort of) grass. Spring is actually here!

Trails

Hiking trails are wet, but finally clear of snow and ice. In low lying areas you may encounter mud and water. Mountain bike trails are closed for now, as they are easily damaged when conditions are soggy and muddy.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open during the off-season Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday and may be open some irregular hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are a few programs/walks offered even during the winter. Contact Sue, the naturalist, at the park phone number, extension 140 for details or to sign up for email announcements.

Events

2014 Summer Naturalists programs [PDF]

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

Camping

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.

All campsites in Quartzite Campground are now open. Northern Lights and Ice Age Campgrounds will open on May 9. Water facilities (RV dump/fill stations, showers, running water restrooms) are still closed.

Hopefully water may be turned on during the next two weeks. The frost and freeze levels were deep this winter, and the thaw is coming late in the spring this year.

Fall 2014 campground project

This fall, construction on new restroom/shower buildings will begin after Labor Day Weekend. Quartzite Campground and part of Northern Lights Campgrounds will be closed for most of the fall season. The exact duration of these closures is necessarily indefinite, since the work and construction schedules depend on weather and other variable factors.

Concessions

The North Shore Chateau and all concessions are now closed for the season. Concessions offers snacks, coffee, food, some groceries and camping supplies, ice and boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and rowboats). The Chateau will re-open in the spring, approximately the first weekend in May 2014.

More information

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  During the off-season, the Visitor Center will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Last revised: Monday April 14 2014