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

Devil's Lake State Park Current conditions

Snow! On February 12 the park received at least 10 inches of new snow, so there is plenty for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Winter

Winter season is here, and you won’t see crowds of visitors at this time of year, but the park is definitely not abandoned. Ice anglers, skiers, campers, hikers and snowshoers will bundle up and come out to the park. Even during the cold and snow, at least a dozen campsites are open, with at least a few campers each weekend. During winter, hikers must use caution if venturing on the bluff trails which may be covered with snow and ice.

Park staff do not monitor ice conditions. Please use caution if venturing onto the lake ice. During winter, walking the trails is neither prohibited nor promoted. It’s up to you, so use your own best judgement when trails are icy or snow-covered.   

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
You may ski or snowshoe almost anywhere in the park. Only a few miles of the parks 29 miles of trails are occasionally packed (but not groomed or tracked). The park no longer maintains any portion of trails exclusively for cross-country skiers. Snowshoeing has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Some trails are steep with numerous steps and would be impossible on skis and difficult on snowshoes.

Water and restrooms

Running water restrooms are available at the north shore headquarters and Visitor Center (no showers). There are 11 other non-flush restroom buildings that are open throughout the park during winter. Water bottles and water jugs may be filled inside the north shore headquarters restrooms, at winterized water taps in the Quartzite Campground, and near the CCC parking lot in the south shore Group Camp. 

Trail closures

A section of the Johnson Moraine Loop trail between the park amphitheater and the Steinke Basin/Uplands Trail loops is closed. Hikers may get to the Steinke Basin area by using part of the Ice Age Trail north of County Road DL. Mountain bikes are now allowed only on the Uplands Trail Loop.

Camping

Only the Quartzite Campground is open. About a dozen campsites will be plowed through winter. Electricity is available at most of the winter campsites.

The running water restroom/shower building, RV dump/fill station, and water taps are now turned off for winter. One winterized water tap is available behind campsite #48.

Reservations are highly recommended for any summertime camping trips and for spring and fall weekends.

Fishing

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

Nature programs

Check the Get Outdoors! Online Calendar, or peruse a bulletin board or the park newspaper when you arrive.

In the winter, the Nature Center is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and may be open some hours on Sundays. Hours can change due to staff schedules, planned programs, and school field trips.

Concessions

The north shore Chateau and all concessions operations are now closed for the season and will re-open spring 2019.

Office hours

Devil's Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

During winter, the north shore Visitor Center is open from 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 (credit card, check or cash) or at a manual self-pay station in the park (check or cash).

Last revised: Wednesday February 13 2019