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Devil's Lake State Park

Devil's Lake State Park near Wisconsin Dells

Devil's Lake State Park near Wisconsin Dells

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S5975 Park RdBaraboo 53913
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Devil's Lake State Park is Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and situated along the Ice Age Trail and is visited by more than 1.2 million people per year! With spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, swimming areas including 2 large sandy beaches, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, great climbs and so much more, it's no wonder why Devil's Lake is Wisconsin's premiere natural vacation destination!
 
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    2014-07-07 We've been camping at Devil's Lake for approx, 47 years with our children and now with our grandchildren. We have found that the staff has and continues to do a wonderful job regarding the upkeep of the main park, lake and trails. The park staff has been well trained and are always willing to help where and whenever they can. It will continue to be our main camping spot for years to come!
    -PaulNorridge,IL
    2010-03-08During December 2009 my daughter and I visited the Wisconsin Dells area and a friend in Middleton, Wisconsin. This was our first visit to Wisconsin. My friend took us for a drive over to Devil's Lake State Park. The snow scenes were absolutely beautiful throughout the park. We parked and walked out onto the frozen lake and saw cars parked there as well as ice fishing activities. He pointed out where the sandy beaches were in the summer where many people like to coming swimming in the warm weather. This was our first visit to Devil's Lake State Park. Being from North Carolina I had had the opportunity to "walk on (frozen) water" before. We enjoyed visting Wisconsin and I do hope to be able to visit there again in the winter and the summer!
    -CarolynHillsborough,NC
    2008-10-13Devil's Lake State Park is absolutely amazing, and just as awesome as their website says. My wife and I hiked for most of a day and enjoyed every part of it. The trails are secluded so you really get into the woods, not just along the lake. There's a section where you hike up a pretty steep set of rock stairs, well, you're actually scaling one of the 500 ft. cliffs, but when you've reached the top you'll see the Devil's Doorway and that makes it all the more amazing. As long as you're not afraid of heights climbing the cliff to see the rock formations up there is my highest recommendation. Parfrey's Glenn was closed when we were there due to flooding, but I've heard it's one of the best spots in the park. My wife and I climbed out onto Devil's Doorway and ate lunch and it really was breathtaking. I'm not sure I've seen a cooler park. I recommend this to any outdoors person, or even someone who just likes to hike once in a while. It's picture perfect, literally.
    -AshNorthfield,MN
    2008-09-21Hello! My story is of years ago. It was the summers, 8-13 years of age. I am now 58. So do the math. Ha. Long long time ago. I am aching to come back and see how much it has changed. I remember the beautiful drive down into the park. Such suspense for a yong girl wanting to swim her summer away and meet a few boys. So many twists and turns. The cliffs were such a fun place to explore also. I loved the lake with it's sandy beach. ,my Mother would swim a long way out on the lake and float for over an hour. We could see the cabins on the other side of the lake, and I always wondered what they were like? I didi inherit her talend for floating. Ha. My father bought an airstream. "we called it the silver bullet", a pull behind and totally guatted the trailer and worked all winter threw on our new and beautiful trailer makeover. So here we were. My parents with their card club friends and all of us children. What a Blast! Of coarse swimming caps were all the go, with only a few two piece swim suits for the adults and the one piece for us kids. I had this wild swim cap with a large orange flower on it. Man, I was high fashion! Of coarse we loved going to the lodge and dancing the night away. Devils Lake was all we could think about the whole school year. We would spend 2 full weeks there because G.E. shutdown was always the first 2 weeks of August. I am older now and thinking about tent campin at Devils Lake. Sitting around the camp fire sounds wonderful to warm these wiery and older bones. To anyone who remembers the good old days, I send my hello's. I will write back soon. After my camping tent trip this fall of 2008. God Bless you all! Here is a toast to all you children dreaming of your next summer at the Devils Lke Park. Those dreams are bringing back the kid in me again.
    -DebraMorrison,Illinois
    2008-09-11good point for me and my friend from minnesota to meet up!
    -CarlyElgin,il

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    Back To Nature In The Dells - Reduce Your Environmental Footprint2010-04-30Relish the great outdoors, while treading lightly on the natural beauty that made Wisconsin Dells famous.Read More
    Back To Nature In The Dells - Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
    2010-04-30

    biking-wisconsin-dells-64Would you be surprised to know that visitors first came to Wisconsin Dells for a dose of back-to-nature? To think that well-heeled Chicagoans made the trip north by train so they could take a row boat tour of the Wisconsin River may seem a strange way to burn a few vacation days, but it was the Wisconsin Dells scenery that struck people as really special. As homage to those early visitors of the 1850s, and as encouragement to preserve the area's environmental legacy, consider these green travel tips from Travel Green Wisconsin, the group that certifies businesses who’ve made a commitment to sustainable practices, the next time you're in the Dells.

     

    Green Travel Tips

    • Experience local culture. Seek out local foods, artists and one-of-a-kind places.
    • Hike, bike, walk or go camping in Wisconsin Dells. Be part of the natural beauty of the destination.
    • Turn off the lights and the air conditioning. Do your part when you leave your hotel room.
    • Don't litter.
    • Recycle. Look for recycle bins wherever you are.
    • Help stop the spread of invasive species. Buy firewood in Wisconsin Dells. Clean your boat after each outing.
    • Get the kids involved. Share ideas about ways to be part of preserving the Wisconsin Dells landscape.

     

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    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide2013-01-06Price it out, then plan it.Read More
    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide
    2013-01-06

    Price It Out, Then Plan It

    This section allows you to download the Wisconsin Dells area price guide. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.

    http://www.wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-family-vacation/search-guides/2015-Price-Guide.htm

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    Reconnect with the World Around You2011-08-01Technology pushes us ahead at warp speed. But there are times when slowing down to really appreciate the natural beauty of Wisconsin Dells is called for. Are you in for this itinerary? Then better get your gear packed.Read More
    Reconnect with the World Around You
    2011-08-01

    Technology pushes us ahead at warp speed. But there are times when slowing down to really appreciate the natural beauty of Wisconsin Dells is called for. Are you in for this itinerary? Then better get your gear packed.

    Wisconsin Dells has more campgrounds than ever before and most offer a mix of sites. If you like tent camping, for example, reserve a site at Stand Rock Campground where there are 100 acres of hiking trails to keep you active or at Bonanza Campground & RV Park where they have a wooded area for tents only. Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park has easy-on easy-off interstate access for those of you with big rigs and it’s within walking distance of the Dells’ downtown district. Pop-ups and RVs have a home at Mt. Olympus Zeus’ Village & Camp Resort.

    Not traveling with gear, but still want a camping-esque experience? Rent a camping cabin at Yogi Bear’s Camp-Resort & Water Playground, a vacation park model at Holiday Shores Camp-Resort or a full-sized resort cabin at the eco-friendly Birchcliff Resort.

    If you’re serious about fishing, you’ll likely be towing your own boat. Put it in the water at a public launch on Lake Delton and wait for the fish to bite. If you like the fishing action on the Wisconsin River, where reeling in bass, northern pike and walleye is an everyday occurrence, there’s a boat launch at River’s Edge Resort.

    Three spectacular state parks prove Wisconsin Dells was smooched by Mother Nature. Devil’s Lake State Park is famous for its views from 500-foot-high cliffs. Mirror Lake State Park is so tranquil that you’ll find canoeing there to be a nearly religious experience. Rocky Arbor State Park, open Memorial Day through Labor Day, is a cool escape thanks to all the pine trees. And in downtown Dells there’s the RiverWalk, a paved trail that snakes along the river with game tables and park benches.

    If you prefer to take in the beauty of the river from a seated position, buy a ticket for a ride aboard a classic double-decker riverboat, or a paddle wheeler, or one of those land-to-water vehicles everyone calls “the Ducks.” Pontoon boats are a fun way to roll from one end of Lake Delton to the other.

    An attraction that should be on every nature-lovers’ itinerary is the International Crane Foundation, a restored nature sanctuary and the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of those majestic birds.

    Keep it easy on the environment by dining at restaurants that believe in fresh seasonal ingredients sourced locally when possible. High on the list is High Rock Café, with its cosmopolitan-style seasonal menus and Cheesecake Heaven Deli Restaurant just across the street where everything is made from scratch including the mayo on the sandwiches. For vegetarians (and those who just love food made with lots of flavorful herbs and spices), the Cheese Factory Restaurant is one special place.

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    A Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder2014-04-07Read More
    A Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder
    2014-04-07

    With more than half of the world’s population now living in urban areas compared to less than 40% in 1990 (that stat is from the World Health Organization), it’s no wonder a new malady was coined (credit author Richard Louv) to address the ensuing effects of that trend. It’s called “nature deficit disorder.” As people spend less time connecting with nature and more time connected to technology they’re missing out on all the emotional and physical benefits of a walk in the woods.


    In the Wisconsin Dells area there are loads of nature options within and just outside the city limits, which often comes as a pleasant surprise to Gen X and Gen Y visitors. So pull out those cross trainers, warm up with a little stretching and start exploring the great outdoors in the Dells, starting with the river and scenery that started it all.

     


    The Wisconsin River

    While visitors are bound to drive back and forth over the bridge on Broadway in downtown Dells on their way to and from the attractions and waterparks, they may not realize it’s the Wisconsin River they’re driving over and that the river literally bisects the community of Wisconsin Dells. So rather than just drive over the Wisconsin River, get on it, with kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding all great options for burning a few calories in a setting much more inspiring than you’ll ever find on a treadmill. Rent needed gear at River’s Edge Bait Shop & Boat Rentals on the lower dells or Holiday Shores Watersports Center for on the upper dells.

     


    Scenic Tours

    After all that “doing” you’ve earned a little sit-back “seeing” of the natural beauty in the area. Take a double-decker boat tour or see the Wisconsin River aboard a WWII land-to-water vehicle known as a Duck. Jet boat rides on the river are heart-pounding fun for those who like an adrenaline burst even in their scenic tours. Sunset dinner cruises on the Wisconsin River make for a fine end to a fine day.
    Check out the full list of scenic tours here.

     


    A Day at the Lake

    What’s better than a day at the lake? How about a day on the lake, as in Lake Delton. Lake Delton is a mecca for watersports enthusiasts, fisherman, ice skaters, and fans of the Tommy Bartlett Show. Get out on the water with family in tow on your very own pontoon boat, or for those of you with a need for speed aboard a waverunner courtesy of Dells Watersports: Full Service Marina & Boat Rentals. Prefer not to be in the drivers seat, you can still take the plunge into Lake Delton aboard either of the area’s Duck tours. Make memories that will last a lifetime at one of the many lakeside resorts or vacation homes.

     


    Zip-line Canopy Tours

    Ditch the expense of a rainforest vacation and zip line in Wisconsin Dells instead. Red pines and white oaks dominate the landscape of BigFoot Zipline Tours. You can skim over the treetops courtesy of Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Canopy Tour, which takes you over the tree tops of literally takes you right over Lost Canyon. Zip over cliffs and through canyons with Chimney Rock Park Zip Line Tours – Vertical Illusions.

     


    Fishing and Hunting

    The Wisconsin River and Lake Delton are both hot fishing spots. Get ready to catch the big one and stock up on supplies at B & H Trout Fishing & Bait Shop. Want to take your fishing experience to the next level? Try bowfishing with Red Beard Bowfishing fro an adventure you will not forget. Tip: It’s an easy launch at the new Newport Park on the Wisconsin River, located just off Cty Hwy A. If what you’re after is a giant Wisconsin buck, Big Racks Hunt Club stands ready to take your reservation.


     


    Snowboarding and Skiing

    Don’t let a little snow deter you from outdoor pursuits. Put on a parka and ski, snowboard or snow tube at Christmas Mountain Village Ski, Snowboard & Tube or Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube.


     


    Strolling

    The downtown RiverWalk opened up vistas to the Wisconsin River not accessible in75 years. Run, bike or walk this short paved path, allowing time to stop at a game table along the way.



     

     


    A Trio of State Parks

    It’s a triple bonanza for outdoor enthusiasts – Devil’s Lake, Mirror Lake and Rocky Arbor State Parks are all within a quick-and-easy drive from Wisconsin Dells. You’ll be amazed by the choices to get moving: Hike miles of gorgeous trails, go for a swim, canoe or kayak. There’s fishing and hunting, snowshoeing and rock climbing too.
    Tip: Don’t have equipment? You can rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Mirror Lake through Mirror Lake State Park: Boat & Kayak Rental. How easy is that!

     


    Where to Stay: Campgrounds 

    Wisconsin Dells has nearly 3,200 campsites. Choose from rustic tent camping, camp cabins or RV parks, or even a tree house depending on your back-to-nature preference for accommodations.

    Check out the full list of campgrounds here.

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