Beyond Reedsburg: A Guide to Devils Lake State Park


Devil’s Lake State Park is about 1 ½ hours from your Reedsburg Bed and Breakfast. The park is full of nature, wildlife, and activities for your family. It covers about 10,000 acres and is accessible from the interstate.

Devil’s Lake State Park General Information                      
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
(608) 356-8301                                                                                                                                                  http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/

Devil’s Lake State Park has many trails and places of interest. You will want to pick up a map of the park at the visitor’s center so that you don’t miss any of these attractions. Non-residents may purchase a vehicle sticker for about $10.00 a day. Pets are allowed in most trails, roads, and outlying areas of the park, but many other places do not allow pets. You must take care of any waste left by your pet. The park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, giving you plenty of time to make the drive from your Reedsburg Inn.

Devil’s Lake State Park Shelters

There are 8 different shelters at Devil’s Lake State Park. If you are planning a family reunion or gathering in one of these shelters, you may want to call ahead from your Reedsburg Inn for reservation information. Each shelter has its own accommodations. Some are available with restrooms, electrical outlets, and barbeque grills. The staff at the park will be able to help you choose the right shelter for your get-together.

Devil’s Lake State Park Nature Center

The nature center is a good place to start your visit to the park. There is a scale model of the park that will give you a good idea of where you want to go. There are hands-on items, historic photographs, and even a kid’s exploration room.

Devil’s Lake State Park: The Lake

Devil’s Lake is a 360-acre spring-fed lake. The lake is clear and has a boat launch at the end of the lake. Only electric motors are allowed. You can rent a boat or canoe at the park’s concession. Fishermen scout the lake for brown trout, walleye and northern pike, bass, and panfish during all seasons of the year. There are two beaches for swimming, but lifeguards are not provided.

Devil’s Lake State Park: Hiking Trails

There are many trails in Devil’s Lake State Park and along Devil’s Lake. You can hike, bike, or climb these trails. There are loose rocks, so climbers are encouraged to take extra precautions. Trails range from easy meadow walks to rugged steps that go up several hundred feet.

Devil’s Lake State Park: Winter Activities

Consider bringing your family back in the winter for some skiing. There are 5 miles of cross country ski trails available. The success of these trails depends on how much snow fall the area has. You must bring your own gear, because it is not available for rent at the park. Always be prepared for emergencies, and never hike or ski alone. Ice fishing is also a fun activity when the lake freezes over in the winter.