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Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
608-356-8301

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, April 16, 2015:

Springtime means birds, flowers… and construction.

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. We expect construction projects to be completed by the Memorial Day Weekend, but check current condition reports often for updates.

Trails

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.

The annual hatch of lake flies has begun, so the thick clouds of the benign (biteless, stingless) insects will be present around the lakeshore on some days during the next couple of weeks. You might want to plan to hike the bluff trails instead of the lakeshore areas.

Loons have been spotted along the south shore and turkey vultures are back to their usual soaring, aided by updrafts along the bluffs.

This is a good time to view the effigy mounds because fire crews have just finished prescribed burns on the mounds. A couple of years ago, the effigy mounds were planted with native grasses and plants, and an occasional burn helps these plants thrive and keeps the common bluegrass and domestic plants at bay. Temporarily blackened for a few days, the mounds will sprout with fresh growth of native grasses and plants over the next weeks.

Fishing

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

Construction will significantly impact spring camping

Because of the construction closures, there are no exclusively non-reservable family campsites. Since all sites are reservable, you may find few or zero campsites available first-come, first-served on the nice-weather weekends in April and May.

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.

Water facilities, showers and RV dump/fill stations will remain closed until construction involving water lines allows re-opening the water system. 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.

Events

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

Concessions

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., and possibly later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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: Thursday April 16 2015