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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

Autumn colors

As of Friday, Oct. 23, fall foliage is about 50 percent turned to color and 40 percent fallen. The timing of fall colors is impossible to predict, but usually the peak color season is about the middle two weeks of October. Peak color season may last a week or ten days, or it may be a single glorious afternoon, followed by a rainy blustery day that removes half the leaves from the trees.

Winter coming

Winter season will assuredly follow, during which sledders, ice anglers, skiers, and snowshoers will bundle up and come out to the park. Even during the cold and snow of winter, at least a dozen campsites are open. During winter, hikers must use caution if venturing on the bluff trails which may be covered with snow and ice.

Water

Lesser-used running water facilities will be closed down gradually during October. Beginning in November, the only running water restrooms will be open in the north shore headquarters and Visitor Center (and possibly the restrooms in Quartzite Campground).

Roads

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.

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.

The running water restroom/shower building in Quartzite Campground will remain open until mid-November to early December depending on the weather.

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.

Photo contest deadline: November 4

Devil's Lake's annual photo contest, sponsored by the Friends Group is accepting submissions through November 4.

Devil's Lake State Park photo contest [PDF]

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.

Concessions

The north shore Chateau will remain open daily through late October.

Office hours

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

During fall, the north shore Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and later on some Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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: Tuesday October 23 2018