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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
How to buy
a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
For information, contact:
Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Spring is coming...

Some of the familiar sounds are back! Birds are coming back from their migration, and one hears bird calls outdoors, promising a blossoming spring. Migrating loons have been calling from the lake in evenings.

Lake flies

The lake flies are back this spring, in their usual (but temporary) hordes. If you’re anywhere near the lake, you’ll likely experience swarms of the harmless lake flies. Each spring, they change into their flying form as part of their normal life cycle. The insects do not bite or sting. The birds profit from the nutritious buffet of insects, but most human visitors find them annoying. Avoiding them is as simple as moving your picnic farther from the shore, or taking your hiking trips up on the bluffs and not along the lakeside.


Water facilities, including running water restrooms and showers, the RV dump/fill station, and water taps are now open in the Quartzite Campground. Most other water facilities are also turned on around the park. 


The State Highway 12 construction around Baraboo is complete. 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.


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.

Quartzite family campground is open year-round. Northern Lights campground opens on Friday, May 4, and the Ice Age Campground opens May 11, 2018.


We are now in spring, when all fishing is off limits, except for panfish, until May 5. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid fishing license, and also a trout stamp if fishing for trout.

Nature center

The Nature Center is open limited hours and days during the off-season. During spring, the Nature Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 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 beginning April 28. The Ice Age Store will be open beginning Friday, May 4. Concessions offers various boat rentals, ice, food, snacks, coffee and espresso drinks, some camping supplies and hot food. All boat rentals come with life jackets and either paddles or oars.

Office hours

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. Park maps are available at the north and south shore entrance stations.

Visitors may purchase vehicle admission stickers at the park office (credit card, check or cash) or at a manual self-pay station in the park (check or cash).

Last revised: Friday April 27 2018