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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

North Shore Chateau: The Chateau building on the north shore of Devil’s Lake will be under construction until mid-November. Weekday work will be done on the exterior of the building, Monday through Thursday, to replace siding and weather-proof windows. Concession services will still be available, however lake views from inside the building may be diminished until the project is complete.

Fall Colors – unpredictable, yet inevitable!

Fall colors are impossible to predict, but generally, the first week of October will not be vividly colorful, and the last week of October will be past peak.  So the middle two weeks of October are usually your best bet for prime colors. See the Fall Color Report [exit DNR].

As of Oct. 16, leaves are about 40 percent turned to color (15 percent fallen).

On Saturday, Oct. 21, there will be an autumn candlelight walk (about 1 mile) from 6 to 8:30 p.m., starting and ending at the north shore Chateau.

The off-season is approaching

After fall color season passes later in October, the park has its lowest visitation of the year until about December or January when winter sports reign - ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Hunting is allowed in certain areas of the park from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. Hunting is not allowed in the most commonly used areas of the park: the lake area, bluff trails, open campgrounds, picnic areas and Parfrey’s Glen.


The State Highway 12 construction around Baraboo is mostly completed and traffic is being routed onto the newly constructed roadway. 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.


Hiking and mountain bike trails are open.


Due to warm weather forecasts, water facilities will remain on until further notice.


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.

Northern Lights Campground (some electric, some not electric) will be available for walk-in, non-reservation campers for Friday and Saturday nights (Oct. 20 and 21).


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

Nature center

Now that summer is over, the Nature Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when staffing allows. Check the Get Outdoors! Online Calendar, or peruse a bulletin board or the park newspaper when you arrive.


The North Shore Chateau will be open (daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Oct. 29. Boat rentals will also be available through Oct. 29 as long as wind, weather and water temperature allows.

South Shore Concessions and the Ice Age Store are closed for the season. 

More information

The new 2018 Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission stickers will be available for sale about December 1, and will be valid for that month and throughout all of 2018.  They make great holiday gifts!

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 6 p.m., and later on Friday and Saturday nights. Beginning about November 1, Visitor Center hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Park maps are available at the north and south shore entrance stations.

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.

Last revised: Monday October 16 2017