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  • Published on Jun 29, 2016
    Monthly State Park Spotlight- Devil's Lake State Park

    With Fourth of July weekend upon us, now is a great time to introduce a new monthly piece we will be doing at the Route 66 RV Network. Each month we will be featuring a state park and writing about why you should visit it! There are so many beautiful parks around the country, but a lot of them get overlooked for the bigger National Parks. This series will go around the country and dive into great state parks that hopefully inspire you to take a trip.

    This month, take the family or meet some friends at the beautiful Devil's Lake State Park.

    Devil's Lake State Park

    Located in beautiful southern Wisconsin, Devil's Lake State Park was founded in 1911 and is the largest state park in Wisconsin. Often overlooked for it's beauty, Devil's Lake State Park offers 360 degree views of the lake, massive bluffs and perfect sandy beaches. No matter what your activity of choice is, you will find plenty to do at Devil's Lake State Park. Let's get into some of the activities and trails you will find!


    Rock Climbing - Want to try something new this year? Feeling adventurous? Try Rock Climbing at Devil's Lake! You will get to experience amazing climbing on quartzite rock cliffs that can rise to more than 100 ft. If you have never climbed before, Devil's Lake has plenty of great guides and instructors to help you through it. 

    Boating- Want to relax and take in the beauty of Devil's Lake? Rent a canoe or Kayak and take it out for a leisurely ride. Boats and kayaks are available to rent if you don't own one. Here are the prices if you want to rent!

    - Single Kayak- $15.00 per hour
    - Double Kayak- $ 24.00 per hour
    - Canoe- $17.00 per hour
    - Paddle Boards- $18.00 per hour
    - Paddle Boats- $24.00 per hour

    Hiking and Biking- At Devil's Lake State Park you can enjoy more than 30 miles of trails that feature trails for all skill levels! If you want a challenge, try one of the un-surfaced trails that can feature changes in elevation and steep bluffs! If you like to bike, around 8 miles of bike trail is available on the Uplands Loop and the connector trail between the Steinke Basin Loop and the North Shore Picnic Area. Biking can also be dangerous and it should be noted that the trails can be crowded so caution needs to be exercised on the trails.

    Ice Age Trail- One of the more unique features of Devil's Lake State Park is the Ice Age Trail. No this is not a trail where you can watch the movie Ice Age, but it is a fascinating piece of the park! It is one of only eight national scenic trails in the country and is spans 1,200 miles across the state of Wisconsin. The section that goes through Baraboo and Devil's Lake truly is a must see! For more information, read this!


    If you are bringing your RV along, you will have plenty of great camping options. Devil's Lake features three main campground options that offer electric sites, dump stations and much more! There are also plenty of great campgrounds just off the premises. Take a look at this handy guide for where you should park your RV and what all you need to prepare for!

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    All in all, if you are looking for great views, tons of activities and plenty of camping options, Devil's Lake State Park is the one for you! We hope you will check back with us next month as we feature another great State Park!




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