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Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Conditions as of Monday, March 30, 2015:

Almost spring

The turkey vultures are coming back, and the ice is deteriorating on the lake. One day there will be flowers. But until then, plan for a mix of mud, dirt, puddles, frost and ice. The benign, but omnipresent "lake flies" will show themselves along the shoreline probably sometime in April for a couple of weeks.

Both the north and south shore picnic areas show signs of much needed progress, but that translates to dug up areas, construction equipment and some limited temporary closures. Contractors are working on water and sewer lines in these heavily used areas. New bathroom/shower buildings are going up in Northern Lights and Quartzite Campgrounds.


For the next few weeks, hiking trails will be a varying mix of mud, dirt, rock and pavement. Conditions can change day-to-day depending on precipitation and overnight temperatures.


Fishing is closed now, through the first Saturday in May, except for panfish.

Construction will significantly impact spring camping

Attention: Due to multiple Shower/Flush Toilet Building development projects Quartzite Campground and part of Northern Lights Campground are now closed for the off-season.

We have targeted this project to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend in 2015 or earlier. Please sign up for future email updates via Gov Delivery.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your support while we complete this very important project.

The exact duration of these closures is necessarily indefinite, since the work and construction schedules depend on weather and other variable factors.

Most of Northern Lights Campground will open Friday, April 3. Water facilities, showers and RV dump/fill stations will remain closed until mid-April. Pit toilets will be available in the campground. Running water restrooms and a water tap for filling water jugs will be available in the park headquarters building, 1/2 mile from the campground. Please be patient, as we'll all be working around the construction project in the campground for some weeks still.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Sundays from 12 - 3 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. It is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If a visit to the Nature Center is crucial to your visit, call ahead to the Naturalist (608-356-8301 ext. 140) to make sure it will be open on a particular day, since having one naturalist means a vacation day requires that the Nature Center be closed.


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


The north shore Chateau and all concessions operations are closed for the off-season. Concessions will reopen in the spring, approximately the first weekend in May.

More information

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 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 March 30 2015