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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, Jan. 9, 2017:
Ice Safety: Please remember that ice conditions can change from place to place and from day to day. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions, thickness or safety. You must use your own judgment in deciding about venturing onto any ice. Tips on staying safe on ice.
Be Prepared: Always be prepared for winter emergencies:
- Don’t hike, ski or snowshoe alone;
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you expect to be back;
- Take a cell phone if possible;
- Wear layers so you can warm up or cool as needed;
- Take a first aid kit, flashlight, water bottle, high energy food and trail map;
- Be prepared for unexpected weather.
Hiking: Hiking trails are not officially closed, but those choosing to walk the trails or in the woods must use their own judgment about the safety and conditions. Hiking trails are not maintained or designated for winter use. Trails may be snow-covered, icy and slippery during the winter season.
Hikers, pets, and snowshoers are NOT allowed on the cross-country ski trails when the trails are snow covered.
Cross-country skiing: There are about 3 miles of ski trails. Most skiers start from Steinke Basin. Trails may be groomed before each weekend and after any significant new snowfall. Ski trails are not meticulously groomed on a regular basis. The park does not rent skis.
Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere except ski trails, though most of the bluff trails are hilly or stepped, and not ideal for snowshoeing. Better snowshoeing trails include Roznos Meadows, East Bluff, East Bluff Woods, Grottos, Johnson Moraine and Uplands Trails (non-cross-country ski area only). The Nature Center has some snowshoes for loan. Please call first to confirm availability and open hours.
Ice fishing is moderately popular at Devil’s Lake. In winter, savvy anglers catch brown trout, northern pike and other fish.
A portion of Quartzite Campground is 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.
The Nature Center is open most Saturdays (closed Sundays), and is also open sporadically on weekdays throughout 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.
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.
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.