Devils Lake SP

Discussion in 'Wisconsin' started by ghacker, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. ghacker

    ghacker Active Member

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    Nov 8, 2009
    Jewel of the WI SP system and one of their most popular parks so RSVPs are a must if you want a particular site. Walk-ins available but they go fast. Plan on going Thur. for a weekend trip on walk-ins. One of our favorite parks.

    Very family oriented park. Nice deep lake with decent beach-fishing and swimming allowed. Great hiking trails and rock climbing if you so inclined. Several playgrounds spread thoughout the park. Small but interesting nature center will keep the kids entertained for awhile. 15 min. and a world away is Wisc. Dells. Comes in handy as a diversion if there's a heavy, all-day rain. Just bring lots of $$$. Close to Baraboo to restock food, etc.

    Multiple CG sections ranging from heavily wooded to wide open spaces. Some of the sites are heavily screened and and provide the illusion of seclusion. Raccoons can be a problem although we've never had issues. Just don't leave food out at night. DUH. Bathroom/shower are generally well maintained considering the heavy use. Only time they have trouble keeping up is during the morning rush.

    Rangers patrol frequently at night and enforce the rules if anyone gets too roudy.
  2. ex-tenters

    ex-tenters New Member

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Totally agree.

    It's a great place, and, as I remembr, it is the most popular of the WI parks. So, as GHACKER said, reservations are a MUST.

    We haven't been there since we've had our pup, but, we have tent camped there many times. As with Governor Dodge, not too far from the NW burbs of Chicago.

    Great hiking trails.

    If you want to be closer to the Dells, there are other alternatives in the WI State Park system - like Rocky Arbor and Mirror Lake. We've been regulars at Mirror Lake the past few Memorial Day weekends.


  3. Chilidog

    Chilidog New Member

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    Aug 27, 2011
    The electricity upgrade project will be effecting this park in the fall 2012 and spring 2013.

    If you do go there, be sure to check out the outcrops of Baraboo Quartzite, one of the oldest rocks on earth.

    These rocks were originally formed as sandstone from the bottom of Pre-Cambrian seas.
  4. mustanga10

    mustanga10 New Member

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    Mar 29, 2014
    I totally agree with the orginall poster. This is a busy park so book ahead but it has great hiking of all skill levels.

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  5. davekkk

    davekkk Active Member

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    Oct 7, 2013
    Great campground as everyone stated. We stayed here a couple of weeks ago and had a fantastic time. Some of this is repeat of what was said already.

    The best part for us was the beach area and the boat rentals. They have single kayaks, double kayaks, fishing boats, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards and plenty of staff around to help get them ready and in the water with everything you needed. Rates were reasonable. My kids “swam with the fish” as we called it. Schools of Bass would swim right up and around us on the shallow areas of the beach and hung out. Water was clear. Good fishing as the others said.

    We didn’t get to hike much, ran out of time but took a quick stroll along the water and the kids loved the rock formations. Pretty surreal for something in Wisconsin. We would like to come back again just to do more hiking.

    There are little convenience stores situated around the park to get ice, food, snacks, wood, beer, etc. The main concessions area does Friday night fish fries, burgers, fries, coffee, soda, ice cream and more. Quite the menu in case you didn't want to pack a meal.

    We did a lot of driving around the park when we were there due to its size. There was also a wedding going on one of the days we were there and parking was hard to find by the beach area.

    Like ghacker said, we ended up reserving a Friday-Sunday trip a good two months in advance as we had other family members staying and wanted to stay close to each other. We checked again a week or two later after reserving and most of the campground was booked solid. We stayed in the 300’s of the Ice Age Campground and had a secluded site. It was very muddy though from the large amount of rain in the area. Campground was quiet at night but the raccoons did snatch some hamburger meat out of a cooler. (our fault)

    We had a great time. If we were to do it again, we would book a Thursday – Sunday trip because of the amount of stuff you can do and the time it takes to get from place to place in the park. Dont forget to check what events are going on. Kayak tour needs per-registration.
  6. Unkle Spike

    Unkle Spike New Member

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    Mar 29, 2015
    As of 2015 Devils Lake has "First Come" sites, however I don't know how successful you would be on a drive up on Friday.

    A really beautiful campground, some open sites, some wooded. The New showers on the Northern Lights Campground section are really, really, nice. They are private shower rooms, not dormitory type showers.
  7. CamperMike

    CamperMike Active Member

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    Sep 27, 2012
    We really enjoyed our stay there last weekend. We stayed fri-monday night. The campground was packed even sunday and Monday night, but the sites near us were well spaced and it didn't seem that crowded. We stayed in the Northern Lights campground, non-electric and wooded loop. The park has so much to do, and there are also many other activities nearby. We took the kayak tour, and also did a separate trip on the baraboo river. Then we hiked on two different days and the trails are just excellent. As noted by Uncle Spike, the newest shower house in northern lights is nice with individual showers. I also liked the convenience store on-site. It came in handy when we forgot a couple things.
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