Devil’s Lake is a 10,000 acre state park, that stands out high above the rest! The lake is the center attraction at Devil’s Lake State Park, which has over 3 million visitors each year. The lake was named Devil’s Lake because there’s no visible inlet or outlet.
While the park is most known for its gorgeous lake, its also a well sought out location for hiking enthusiasts. The park boasts, an incredible 29 miles of trails, ranging from easy to challenging. Many of the trails offer unforgettable views of the lake.
Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin offers some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. There are over 1600 routes listed in Swartling & Mayer’s Climbing Guide to Devil’s Lake. The park also hosts some of the best climbing guides, instructors & outfitters!
The park has two large sandy beaches, each with a bath house. These beaches are located on both the north & south shores of the lake. Devil’s Lake normally maintains a very comfortable swimming temperature from Mid-June to Late September.
For decades Devil’s Lake State Park has been a popular Wisconsin scuba diving destination. With a maximum depth of about 45 feet, clear water, a fish-filled rocky shoreline, and no motor boats, Devil’s Lake is an ideal dive location.
This park is truly gorgeous, offering unique views and some of the most interesting topography in the state. It also features part of the Ice Age Trail and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. It’s a truly special place you really want to make time to visit.
One of the reasons this is such a spectacular park is that there is so much to see and do within this one park. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, camping, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, SCUBA diving, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, ice fishing, and even hunting and trapping during their season.
The Nature Conservancy also designated the park as one of the Last Great Places.
The naturally formed sculpture that overlooks the lake is known as Devil’s Doorway and is a popular hiking and photo-taking destination within the park. From here, you’ll get sweeping views of the whole park and Baraboo Hills valley.
With it’s Ice Age history, Devil’s Lake State Park is so much more than a place to cool off in the summer or view colors in the fall. It’s a truly amazing, historic and significant spot that is just one of the many locations that make the Midwest so special.
Devil’s Lake State Park is located at S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913. Admission is $13 for a day pass or free with the State of Wisconsin annual vehicle admission sticker.
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