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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 Friday, July 10, 2015:

Summer is rolling along

The smell of bar-b-que is in the air, people are swimming, volleyballs are bouncing, rowboat oars are clunking, tent poles are clinking and hikers are huffing and puffing their way up the scenic bluff trails. It's summertime at Devil's Lake State Park, and the livin' is easy.

A person reading a book in a hammock in the Devil's Lake north shore picnic area
A visitor enjoys a relaxing afternoon in the Devil's Lake north shore picnic area on the 4th of July.

It's a busy place

Devil's Lake is a very popular park, so try and visit on a weekday if you can do it. On pleasant summer weekends, we may actually fill all the parking lots for a few hours (from noon to 3 maybe) and have to turn away visitors. If you come on a Saturday or Sunday, try to come earlier in the morning or arrive later in the afternoon. Unless the weather is bad, campgrounds will always fill on a summer weekend, so make reservations far ahead. Even the first-come first served campsites will usually fill up during the first couple of hours of a Friday morning.

Put on your dancing shoes

The traditional summertime big band dances are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday nights of June, July, and August – from 7:30 to 10:30 at the north shore Chateau. Cost is $10 per person.

There's a fish fry every Friday night at the north shore Chateau from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On the last Saturday evening of the month during June, July and August you can come to enjoy a free Music in the Park concert at the north shore of the lake. (starts at 6 p.m., but the August concert starts at 5 p.m.)


There are two new restroom/shower buildings and two new pit-toilet buildings in the family campgrounds. New sewer lines were installed in both the north and south shore picnic areas.


All hiking and mountain bike trails are now open.


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.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


Devil's Lake State Park events.

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


The north shore Chateau is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and the south shore concessions and Ice Age Store are open daily as well.

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 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 July 10 2015