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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

Winter dwindling?

As of February 15, the ground is still mostly snow-covered, but with settling, sublimation and melting, snow depth has dwindled to 4 inches at most with some bare ground showing.

Ice fishing: The lake is frozen over. Please remember, park staff do not monitor ice conditions. Visitors should use caution if venturing onto any ice.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is popular at Devil’s Lake State Park. Snowshoers may travel any trail, or even off-trail. When snow depth allows, the Steinke Basin Loop Trail will be periodically packed and is a designated multi-use trail, open to all non-motorized users (hikers, walkers, skiers, snowshoers).

Cross-country skiing: Cross-country skiers are welcome to use the Steinke Basin Loop Trail.  Devil’s Lake does not maintain trails exclusively for skiing. Cross-country skiers looking for exclusively maintained, groomed and tracked ski trails are encouraged to check out the 19 miles of ski trails at Mirror Lake State Park, about 12 miles northwest of Devil’s Lake.

Hiking: The vast majority of Devil’s Lake’s 29 miles of trails are not maintained for public use in winter. Use of these trails in winter is neither prohibited nor encouraged. Visitors should use caution if hiking the park trails.

Water

All water facilities (including outdoor taps and the RV dump/fill station) are turned off for the season.

There are about 8 non-flush restrooms that remain open through winter. The north shore Visitor Center and Headquarters restrooms are open year-round.

The women’s restroom at the north shore headquarters building is closed for renovations during winter. Another restroom is available across the street at the Visitor Center.

Roads

The State Highway 12 construction around Baraboo is complete. A couple of local roads to the park have been renamed as well. So be prepared for changes, and don’t count on your GPS since it won’t make sense of things until its database is updated.

Camping

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.

Quartzite Campground is the only open family campground open until about May 1, 2018. Northern Lights and Ice Age campgrounds are closed for the season. Non-flush restrooms and one winterized water tap will be available through the winter. When snowfall requires plowing, there will still be about a dozen electrical campsites available for winter campers.

Lake

Anglers 16 and older must have a valid fishing license, and also a trout stamp if fishing for trout.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open limited hours and days 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, and all concession operations are now closed for the season, and will reopen in May 2018.

Office hours

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 4 p.m. Park maps are available at the north and south shore entrance stations.

Visitors may purchase vehicle admission stickers at the park office (credit card, check or cash) or at a manual self-pay station in the park (check or cash).

Last revised: Thursday February 15 2018