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For information on the Devils Lake State Park master plan variance, contact:
Diane Brusoe

Steve Schmelzer

Property Master PlansDevil's Lake State Park master plan variance

Devil’s Lake State Park has become one of the most popular silent sport areas in the Midwest. Current visitation exceeds 2.5 million visitors per year. With the increase in visitation, there has been a signification increase in the demand for kayak, paddle board, peddle boat, and canoe rentals at Devil’s Lake. This increase in boat rentals has been coupled with a demand for packaged recreational tours such as electric boat interpretive tours, rock climbing, guided interpretive hikes, and other outdoor recreational pursuits. Currently, boat rentals are done off the loading dock and some temporary counters on the side of the Chateau.

Devils Lake State park

A small boat rental/recreational activity building will be added on the North Shore directly across the paved walkway from the Chateau for the rental and storage of boats, booking of boat tours, and the booking of other recreational activities (guided interpretive hikes, rock climbing instruction, scuba diving instruction, etc). The building will include bathing suit changing stalls (without plumbing) for visitors.

Note: The public has through October 5, 2017 to comment on this proposed variance.



We welcome your feedback on property management goals and master planning variance issues throughout the process. Please send comments or questions to:

Diane Brusoe
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 South Webster Street
Madison WI 53707

Steve Schmelzer
Devil’s Lake State Park
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo, WI 53913

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Last revised: Thursday September 21 2017