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Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo

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Hike, fish, and boat in the idyllic setting of Devil's Lake State Park. The lake was uncovered when a glacier retreated many years ago. Walk up the quartzite bluffs surrounding the water and enjoy the view. Head to the nature center to learn about the history of the park and see displays of rocks and artifacts. You'll camp in the conifer forest of the Baraboo Hills. Campsites feature restrooms, and snacks and basic necessities are available at the Ice Age campground. You can rent a boat by the lake and pick up tackle, poles, and camping gear at the stores on the north and south end of the park. The proceeds from the stores go toward maintaining the park. Put Devil's Lake State Park and other Baraboo attractions into our Baraboo itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Only been here twice, but will definitely be back. Lots of hiking to be done! The lake is very pretty. Lots of water activities available. Nice place to spend time in the summer!  more »
  • Parfreys Glen hiking trail - Amazing - were water shoes because u can walk in the nice cool stream ankle deep. Huge boulders, high rock walls, the gourge is beautiful. Small waterfall at end highly re...  more »
  • Took the semi-challenging hike to Balance rock and Devils doorway. It was well worth $11 price to park. Clean park. The north beach was packed so we went to the south side. It was still pretty good sw...  more »
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  • Wow. Wow what a fun day! Some of the trails are rated as difficult and that they are! Stone steps straight up to the top. The view is spectacular. You can rent a kayak, canoe or paddle boat, but get there early or you will have to wait. Beautiful clear lake for swimming. Bring your own grill. Very clean park.
  • I've hiked here a handful of times. The bluff trails have some fairly steep climbs, especially the Balanced Rock trail. The views from the bluffs are worth the climbs, though. The beaches will be full of people on nice summer weekends but aren't crowded away from summer. While the bluff trails will be busy on summer weekends, the other trails aren't as heavily used, and it's possible to have a quiet hike on these trails even in summer. Trails are well maintained and well signed. It's a great place to spend a day.
  • One of my favorite places to camp in Wisconsin! Sites are always clean, most have great forest coverage so it doesn't get too hot. Check-in for the camp sites is quick and easy. You can buy firewood right at the entrance of the State Park (we paid 4 bundles for $22). Book your campsites far in advance for the summer, as all campsites usually sell out fast! For Summer 2017, I booked mine back in Feb 2017.
  • I've been coming here for as long as I can remember, and it never disappoints! While it can be CRAWLING with people on summer weekends, weekdays are typically more relaxed, and fall and winter days are the best - you'll have the whole park and hiking routes to yourself! Circumnavigate the whole lake if you're feeling up for a challenge, or lounge by the beach if that's your thing. It's like a little taste of Colorado right here in Wisconsin!
  • This is the best state park in Wisconsin. It's super crowded on summer weekends and especially holiday weekends, so plan to get there early if you want to park. In the off season you can have the whole park to yourself, especially if you like to hike in winter - just be careful! The autumn color season and early spring are very nice times to go and enjoy the park, as well.

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