The Arrival of Spring

The Arrival of Spring

Here comes spring at Devil’s Lake State Park!  That means we’re all anxious to get out on the trails and just waiting for the Wisconsin weather to cooperate.  This winter has hung on longer than usual but at least the snow is gone!  You’ll still want to be careful on the staircases around the bluffs and you can expect the low areas, especially out on Steinke Basin to be wet and muddy.  You’ll find a wide variety of birds are out and about during the spring migration and spring plants are pushing up through the ground now that the snow has receded.

The Uplands Trail, the park’s only bike trail, is usually closed to bikers until late May or early June.  Some riders will give it a try anyway, but they can expect to deal with lots of mud as well.

All campsites in Quartzite Campground are now open. Northern Lights and Ice Age Campgrounds will open on May 9. Water facilities (RV dump/fill stations, showers, running water restrooms) are now open in Quartzite Campground.  Running water restrooms are now open at the main buildings in the north and south shore picnic areas.  Click here for general reservation information or to make reservations.

Concessions will open sometime in early May.

The Nature Center is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Monday and may be open some irregular hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Nature Center Programs run throughout the year and there will be many fun, family friendly programs going on this spring as well.  Click here for the Nature Center events calendar.

2014 Park newspapers and maps are available at the main north and south shore entrance stations. Self-pay stations are available for use at five locations in the park.