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For information, contact:
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, Nov. 28, 2016:

Holidays

The park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, however the Visitor Center will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31).

Hunting season in the park

Some areas of the park are open to hunting and trapping from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15.  Hunting with legal bow and crossbow methods is allowed in those same areas of the park Dec. 15 through Jan. 8, 2017. For more information, see hunting in state parks.

This year, the regular gun deer hunting season is Nov. 19-27.  A valid vehicle admission sticker is required for all vehicles parked within the park boundaries.

Not hunting? If you’re coming to Devil’s Lake for non-hunting activities, the no-hunting areas include the lake and the bluff trails surrounding the lake, picnic areas, Quartzite Campground, Group Camp, the park headquarters, Visitor Center, Nature Center and Parfrey’s Glen. You may still hike and visit other areas of the park, but it is recommended to wear blaze orange or pink during hunting seasons.

Winter is coming

The next several weeks between the end of fall color season and the beginning of winter can be the slowest time of year at Devil’s Lake State Park. So if you’re looking to visit and have some elbow room and quiet, come now!

When winter arrives, visitors will enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, winter camping and snowshoeing. The exact dates when there is enough snow for skiing and snowshoeing, and dates for safely venturing onto the lake vary greatly, and can change throughout the season.

2017 annual park stickers

The new 2017 annual park stickers will be available beginning Dec. 1, and are valid for this December and all 12 months of 2017.

State Park stickers make terrific gifts! We have gift enclosure cards and envelopes if you plan on giving stickers as a gift this holiday season. Why struggle and end up getting some unappreciated gift that will elicit an awkward forced smile? Go for the genuine and wide grin when you get them something they’ll use and appreciate for a whole year!

Trails

All hiking trails are open, but mountain bike trails are closed.

Camping

Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds are now closed for the season. Quartzite Campground (or a portion of it) will be open throughout winter.

Water facilities (showers, running water restrooms, RV dump/fill stations, outside water taps) are now turned off for the season. 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.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open most 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.

Concessions

The North Shore Chateau, Ice Age Store and the South Shore Concessions are now closed for the season. Concession facilities will reopen next spring about the beginning of May.

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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 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.

Last revised: Monday November 28 2016