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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
How to buy
a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
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 Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016:

Autumn is coming!

Summer is over, and fall colors are still several weeks away. Nice-weather weekends may still bring out the crowds of day-users and campers, but weekdays will be slower.

Fall colors are 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.


Devil's Lake State Park events

Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, the Badger Trails [exit DNR] youth camping event hosts over 2,000 youth campers. Check the Badger Trails website for more information.


All hiking and biking trails are open.


Beginning Sept. 12, Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds will be closed on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) until those campgrounds close for the season after Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10). Quartzite Campground will be open throughout the 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 the 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 Saturdays, Sundays, and some weekdays throughout the fall and winter. There are activities and programs on some weekends during the off-season. Check the Get Outdoors! Online Calendar, or peruse a bulletin board or the park newspaper when you arrive.


Concessions facilities and boat rentals will be scaling back for the fall season. The North Shore Chateau will be open daily at least through the second weekend in October. The Ice Age Store and the South Shore Concessions will be open limited hours on weekends only during fall.

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 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.

Last revised: Tuesday September 27 2016