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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, August 14, 2015:

Summer is nearing the end

Schools are starting up soon, and the summertime rush of visitors will dwindle.  After Labor Day weekend, things will slow 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. 

For the remainder of summer 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. 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 of time. 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. The last big band dance of the season will be Saturday, August 22.

There's a fish fry every Friday night at the north shore Chateau from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The last fish fry of the season will be Friday, September 4. 

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. The last Music in the Park concert of the season will be Sunday, August 30, at 5 p.m.

Fall colors

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.  After Labor Day weekend, 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. 


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. After Labor Day weekend 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 Devil’s Challenge Triathlon will be held on Saturday (off-road) and Sunday (on-road), September 19 and 20.  The north shore area will be very busy and parking may be full on both of those mornings.

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. 


Summer hours for the concessions at Devil's Lake State Park:

  • North Shore Chateau: Sunday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • South Shore Concessions: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily
  • Ice Age Camp Store: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After Labor Day weekend the 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 after Labor Day.

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. After Labor Day weekend, the 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: Monday August 17 2015