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Devil's Lake State Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin


S5975 Park Rd
Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
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Sites: 535
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.43452
Longitude: -89.73541

Elevation: 964' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Devil's Lake is a great state park that gets a lot of use as its the largest state park in Wisconsin. We stay there, on average, every other year for the busy Fourth of July weekend. In order to get an electric site for the Fourth of July, we do have to book 11 months in advance. Again, this is a very popular park. There is a lot to do in the park--hike, good fishing, nature center, ranger programs, swim, kayak, canoe, paddle boats and boards. The park is broken out into a South Shore and a North Shore both of which have concessions, beaches, and boat, canoe and paddle boards rentals. No gas motors allowed on the lake. Campgrounds are on the north end of the park. Bluffs surround the lake and are a result of terminal glacier moraines and hiking the bluffs are a treat especially here in the flat Midwest. Campsite lengths and set-up vary here and only electric is available for some sites. They have added more electric sites over the past few years. Each campground has a dump station and water is available throughout. For a park of this size, the noise levels never get bad in the evening since it's quite family-oriented. In the past, rangers would enforce quiet hours, but now it looks like DNR patrols and with staff cuts we didn't see them around too much. Baraboo is a nice little town with a quaint town square area. Shopping, gas, restaurants etc are all offered. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Northern Lights 213e
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Check out Imagine Toys in town on the square. They carry an assortment of fun games and toys. This is a shop for everyone, not just kids!

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Spent 3 nights. Quartzite campground is by far the best. Out of 424 sites in Devil's Lake about 100 are in Quartzite and about 25 of them are real nice. Level sites are hard to find. We camped the 3rd week of May and the mosquitoes were heavy. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54 - no trees
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We pull a 22' trailer and the site was just long enough for my truck and trailer.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

It's a pretty State Park, but seems high priced for the condition of the park. On the weekend, for non-residents, it's $42 a night PLUS $16 a day per person for entry in the park. And, in spite of the high price the sites are electric only. Not even water at your site for this high price. Finding a level site is very difficult - very. Some are so far out of level that they would simply be unusable for many trailers, 5th wheels or motorhomes. In the Quartzite loop about 20% of the sites are paved with asphalt. They are a bit more level than others but still not level front to back or side to side. The other 80% of the sites are "gravel" but very overgrown with grass. It's been a while since new gravel was laid. The sites are skinny, short and grossly out of level. It is an interesting part of the state and the lake is very pretty. So are the rock cliffs surrounding the lake. Checking with other private campgrounds in the area it seems that high prices are the norm and there are not a number of quality RV parks to choose from. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in the Quartzite Campground for the Fourth of July holiday. This part of the campground is an old golf course, as such, not much flat anywhere. You will need boards to level here and depending on the site, a lot of boards. Sites are large and spacious. There is drinking allowed here and at the lake, so campers can get rowdy. Campfire would is a distant away to purchase and easier to drive to get. Bathrooms are great, showers are separate rooms on the outside that are large and very nice. Lots of hiking and a nice hike to the lake. Campground has a separate entrance/exit once you are set-up, so even though there was a line up to get into the state park, we skipped and entered straight into the campground. Ranger walks the entire campground before night fall (yes, he actually walks the entire thing and does stop at campsites). For a holiday weekend, it was busy and noisy, but far less than a commercial campground and there was a lot of groups/families/etc there that made it a little more so because of the holiday. We booked the last site available and booked in December. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

It's a state park so facilities (clean bathrooms/showers, etc.,) need to be taken into consideration. We stayed in the Northern Lights campground and had a spacious site with electricity that we booked 11 months in advance as we were here over the bust Fourth of July weekend. So much to offer at this park: swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, boating. No reason to be bored here. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
199E
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the nature center; it's fun for adults and kids. Walk down to the North Shore beach, don't drive (it's only a 10 minute walk) as parking can be challenging on busy weekends. Visit the South Shore one day; it's less crowded than the North Shore and also offers some good hiking trails.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Quartzite campground, mostly because we read that it was more accessible for big rigs. The drive in was a little unnerving--lots of trees and very few signs to reassure you that are went the right way. But, we did and pulled in to the parking area for camper registration. It was 2pm on a Sunday (Father's Day) and while we expected the park to be busy we thought most people would be leaving, not arriving. It was packed and the line in the building to check in wound around the small space. Even so, the check-in process was fairly quick and painless.

To get to Quartzite campground you actually leave the park briefly, but even with a big rig is wasn't bad. Our site, #99, was a bit of a challenge. Most of the sites have gravel that has been overgrown with grass. Ours had a slope on either side of the narrow pad, so getting as close to centered was important. We did the best we could, but had difficulty leveling and ended up tilted downhill on the door side. We have an additional step we use and even with that we had a large step down since the entire site slanted down from the pad. Many of the sites have this same problem, but there are some a little flatter. Some others slant up or down along the pad, which would make leveling difficult as well.

The campground is very open, but you aren't right next to people and some trees are scattered around. The 50 amp hookup worked without any issues. There are a couple composting toilets, as well as a main bath house. The showers were OK for a state park, but we didn't use them. There are water fountains and faucets in a few places, but you'll need a container to use them; there is no water at the sites. They say they are completely full every weekend, so plan in advance or arrive very early on Friday morning.

We had no AT&T signal, but our Verizon had 2 bars and LTE without our booster. I will note that even in Baraboo there was little to no AT&T signal. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
99
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Baraboo has some nice restaurants and a farmers market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The Mid Continent train museum is interesting and has some pretty impressive restored train cars.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We were in site #171. It was an open area with only 3 other campers while we were there. We had originally booked site #210, but it wasn't a good site so we were able to switch. Most of the sites aren't very level so we had a bit of trouble getting it to level. However, we loved the large grassy area that our dog was able to rest in without laying in gravel or dirt. It is a beautiful park. My husband caught quite a few fish so he was happy. We left the Thursday before Memorial Day and I'm sure it will be full up for the weekend. We enjoyed the relatively few people in our section of the campground. We stayed in the Northern Lights loop. Bathrooms and private showers were spotlessly clean. We would stay again. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
171 Northern Lights
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Quartzite Campground, We were near the small playground and also near the bathroom/showers. Our site was not all that deep but it was one of the few flat ones in the loop. We walked the entire campground and out of 90+ sites we only found a few that were flat from side to side. We even saw a few that were crazy in the way the campers had to block to get level.

I also want to mention that this park fills up fast. The third weekend in April and all the reservable sites in Quartzite campground were taken and most of the first come first serve ones were as well. Book your sites early.

The park itself has endless things to do. It has a beach for playing, a lake for swimming. Check with the main office as sometimes swimmers itch is strong in the lake but as long as you take a good shower after swimming you will be fine. Finally you won't find a better place to hike. From climbing the cliffs to a nice path along the lake. There is a trail for everyone. All of them are great.

I also wanted to mention that the staff were all helpful and cheerful. The greeted us with a smile and every encounter we had with them was positive, even on a very busy weekend.

Overall this is one of our favorite parks and one that we go to almost every year. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53e
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Book early, take a hike, enjoy the scenery.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This park has wide and spacious sites and plenty of grass. There is a playground for the kids, canoe rental near the beach and hiking trails going right up to the bluff. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The beach area is indeed beautiful, but don't skip the hike to the top of the west bluff. Amazing view!

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Review Count: 231
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 55

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Devil's Lake accepts NPS Senior Pass for entry fee because the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is within the park. No water or sewer hookups, but 50 amp is available. We were in the Quartzite Loop and most sites are on a rolling hill and it is difficult to level. We had good Verizon cell/MiFi reception, but no satellite reception because of trees. Weekends are very busy at this park, but during the week there were a lot less day-use people. We enjoyed our stay and took advantage of hiking several of the trails. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground. Quiet, spacious spots, friendly staff, clean showers for a state park, and the easiest way to visit the park is to actually stay in it so you don't have to wait in line to get in for Memorial Day weekend. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Our camping experience at this campground was great. There were many family friendly activities including great fishing and hiking. I would highly recommend this campground. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful park with unbelievable views. There are many beautiful hiking trails that take you to high bluffs that provide a spectacular view of the park. The lake is beautiful. Unfortunately, it was too cold to get in it. There are 2 swim beaches and boat, kayak, paddle boat, and canoe rentals. There are 3 convenience stores in the park that stock most things you may have forgotten or run out of. Wi-Fi is available in the north and south end. Convenience store/coffee house areas with plenty of seating available. We were not able to get any TV channels at our campsite, but we don't usually watch TV anyway. We stayed in the Quartzite campground, but also went through a few of the other campgrounds and each is full of big, beautiful sites. There were 3 clean shower houses just in our campground alone, which only has about 70 sites. Leveling was a bit of an issue. This is a huge, beautiful park with so much to offer and we will definitely return. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

I believe this is the oldest State Park in the USA but don't quote me on that. The staff is informative and friendly and we had a terrific back in site near the lavatories. Fire pit was great and firewood available at the gate (fee). We would definitely stay again. Lots of old growth trees, a beautiful lake, excellent roads and access off the highway and we really felt like we were camping in the woods. A true state park experience. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We were able to get a walk-in site in the Quartzite loop for Labor Day weekend. Prior reviewer was right, lots of sites (including ours) were un-level and required some effort. But, the sites were large overall. Also, the trails and lake were very enjoyable. We would stay here again. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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