Again there will be no community fireworks in the city of Baraboo. (No comment!) Visitors to Devil’s Lake State Park who want to celebrate Independence Day with a great fireworks display will need to bypass Baraboo and head to one of the surrounding communities.
Our favorite Independence Day celebration is Sauk Prairie’s Fire on the River. Sauk Prairie is about 15 minutes south of Baraboo. Fire on the River event runs from June 30th to July 1st. The fireworks show will be held on Saturday evening, weather permitting. During the weekend event, there will be food, crafts, live music and more. Visit the Sauk Prairie Fire on the River website for map and details.
In addition to Sauk, there will also be fireworks displays in every community surrounding Baraboo including the village of Merrimac just southeast of Devil’s Lake. Click a city for a link to their events information;
Devil’s Lake Events
Now that we’ve got the fireworks covered, let’s look at some of the park events.
First on the list are the kayak tours. Remember you must PRE-REGISTER!
Guided Kayak Tours will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Friday, and Saturday. Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake’s wildlife. Space is limited, so you’ll need to preregister by calling the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 Ext. 140. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. We will require you to wear your life jacket during the guided tour.
Animal Feeding Days are Saturday, July 1, starting at 11 am and Tuesday, July 4, Starting at 12:30 pm. Meet at the Nature Center. These are kid popular crazy events! Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two.
Find A Trail – And don’t forget, if you’re new to Devil’s Lake or if you just want help discovering something new, head up to the nature center between 9 am & 10 am Thur, Fri & Saturday for advice! The folks at the Nature Center will have lots of pictures and information on the trails with the park. The Naturalists will be happy to help you find a trail that is just right for you.
Meanwhile at Mirror Lake State Park
Kayak Tour – Have you done a kayak tour at Devil’s Lake already? Well, you can join a kayak tour at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday, July 1st at 10 am. This fun, 90-minute kayaking trip will cover park geology, history, and points of interest. We’ll start at the boat landing and paddle through the Narrows to the Wild Rice Area. Kayak rentals are available for a fee at the boat landing and are first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to get set up with a kayak if you need to rent one. Tour will start at 10 a.m.
Scavenger Hunt and S’mores – Try a scavenger hunt! We will make s’mores after the presentation too. 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meet at the Mirror Lake State Park amphitheater.
For a list of weekend events in Baraboo just head over to the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar here.