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Mirror Lake State Park Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Trail bridge at Mirror Lake State Park.There are over 19 miles of hiking trails at Mirror Lake State Park. See the trails page for more information about our trails.

During the winter snow season most trails are groomed for cross-country ski season and hiking is not allowed. See Winter Activities section for more information.

Pets Pets

Pets are allowed on the trails, when not snow covered, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Please be courteous of other park visitors and clean up and properly dispose of pet waste. Pets are not allowed on designated nature trails which include the Nature Trail or the Timewarp Trail.

Pets are not allowed in any designated beach or picnic area. Pet friendly areas include the grass areas at the boat landing and in the designated pet area near the upper parking lot at the beach. Pets are allowed to walk through the picnic area while in route to and from a hiking trail.

Biking Biking

There are about nine miles of trails available for off-road bike enthusiasts that are open from May 1 - Oct. 31 each year; weather and condition permitting. These trails are not open for biking, including fat-tire biking from Nov. 1 – April 30 due to cross-country skiing and trail and turf maintenance. These trails include Hastings, Fern Dell, Turtleville and Wild Rice Trails and are all located on the south side of Fern Dell Road. Trails open to biking have red trail marker posts and are posted for biking. Trail surfaces include sand, grass and woodchips and they are wide. There are no single-track off-road bike trails available. A state trail pass is not required to use these bike trails. Bicyclists must use caution and give hikers the right-of-way. There are no official paved road-bike trails in the park, although many people enjoy riding on the paved campground roads.

If a linear trail with a crushed limestone surface is what you are looking for, the trailhead for the 400 State Trail is a short 15 minute drive from Mirror Lake State Park in the City of Reedsburg.

Camping Camping

Camping at Mirror Lake State Park

Picnicking Shelters Playground Volleyball Picnic areas, playgrounds and volleyball

Mirror Lake State Park has three designated picnic areas with tables and charcoal grills. There's an accessible, open, reservable picnic shelter in the Bluewater Bay camping area near the shower building. The shelter has electricity, a large grill and drinking water and can hold 80 people. At the Beach/Picnic area there is an accessible, open, reservable picnic shelter that seats approximately 30 people and has electricity and a grill. Drinking water is located approximately 75 yards away. At the Boat Landing picnic area there is a small open shelter that is accessible, has electricity, a grill and can hold approximately 16 people. For more information check out the shelters page.

The park has three sets of play equipment, two at the beach picnic area and one near the shelter in Blue Water Bay.

Two sand volleyball courts are available; one at the beach picnic area and one at the Bluewater Bay Campground near the shelter. Nets are provided but bring your own volleyball.

Boat Launch Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Mirror Lake is slow-no-wake for the entire lake. There are two boat landings on Mirror Lake. One is located within the state park and hosts our concessions and boat rentals. The other is the Town of Delton launch which is located on Lakeview Road off State Highway 23 at the west end of the lake.

Boat, canoe and kayak rentals are available in summer from the park concession stand. Mirror Lake rentals [exit DNR].

A specially adapted kayak is available for use by people with disabilities through a local nonprofit group. Please contact them [exit DNR] ahead of your visit to arrange for use of the kayak.

Swimming Swimming

Mirror Lake has a swimming beach with vault toilets nearby. No lifeguards are on duty. Pets are not allowed at the beach.

Fishing Fishing

Both Mirror Lake and Dell Creek offer fishing opportunities. Dell Creek is 10.5 miles long and flows into Mirror Lake. It has cool water and adequate hiding cover for trout, but with no spawning gravel, the fishery is dependent on stocking. The stream typically is stocked with 5,000 fall fingerlings and 3,000 spring yearlings each year.

Mirror Lake is a 137-acre impoundment of Dell Creek. The lake has two shallow, weedy bays and the rest of the lake occupies a narrow, sandstone bluff gorge with water depths of 10 to 14 feet. A wide variety of fish can be found in Mirror Lake including panfish, bass, walleye and northern pike. Size and daily bag limits can be found with the General Inland Waters portion of the current Fishing Regulations.

One either side of the state park boat launch you will find an accessible fishing pier to the north and an accessible boardwalk with fishing access to the south. Boating in the lake is slow, no-wake only.

Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

In addition to the opportunities that are available during the state parks hunting/trapping time frame, hunting opportunities in state parks that were already established by rule and in place prior to the enactment of 2011 ACT 168, remain in place.

  • At Mirror Lake State Park, this includes migratory bird hunting, which is allowed in the open areas of the park during established migratory bird hunting seasons and small game hunting from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14 ending at noon each day.

Winter Activities Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Winter activities

During winter several trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. There are 18 miles of combination skate- and classic-groomed trails and one mile of classic-groomed trail. A state trail pass is required for skiers 16 years of age and older.

Snowshoers, hikers and pets must keep off the ski trails. Snowshoers are welcome throughout the park and on trails not groomed for skiing. The Sandstone Trail (2.0 miles) and the Wild Rice Trail (0.6 miles) are easy trails that are popular with snowshoers.

Park staff do not monitor ice conditions on the lake. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times.

Last revised: Thursday November 02 2017