It’s August 10th already! We’ve only got a few big weekends here in the Baraboo Hills before the kids go back to school and things begin to take on the slightly quieter atmosphere of autumn. Right now though, it’s still summer and we’ve got a busy weekend ahead. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s events.
Let me kick off with the regular weekend events at Devil’s Lake State Park. First, there will be kayak tours Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. You can find more info on our events calendar here. The main thing is if you want to go, call the nature center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140 right away to register in advance. There is also a Friday Fish Fry out front of the north shore Chateau from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Cost is $11.50 per plate. Lastly, if you need help choosing a hiking trail this weekend, remember to run up to the nature center for “Find A Trail” from 9-10am, Thur, Fri & Sat. The naturalist is there to help you choose a trail, learn what you’ll need to take and what to expect. Now on to the other weekend events…
Devils Lake Weekend Events
Learn to Fish
Thursday, August 10
9:00 – 11:00 am
Meet at the North Shore Boat Launch
Want to try fishing but don’t know what to do? Join our Learn to Fish program and we’ll show you how! We’ll have fun activities that will teach you the basics of fishing, before sending you off to catch some fish.
We’ll supply all of the equipment and bait
If you are 16 and older, you’ll need a fishing license
Need a license? Check out the Wisconsin DNR’s site on how to purchase one
S’Mores and Perseids
Friday, August 11
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Meet near North Shore Boat Launch
(Just behind the Rock Elm Shelter)
The Perseids Meteor Shower is the most highly visible astronomical event of the year! We’ll have the fire and the s’more fixings while you bring some lawn chairs or a blanket so you’re comfortable while watching the meteor shower.
This year, we’ll have telescopes set up so you can observe other stars and planets in the night sky while waiting for the meteors to fall.
**Of course, this event depends on a clear sky!! So watch the weather and contact the nature center if you are not sure if the event will be held.
Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Meet near the North Shore Boat Launch
If you haven’t come to one of the archery events this summer, this is your last chance! Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow.
Stuck on the Rocks Rope Rescue Program
Saturday, August 12
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Meet outside the Chateau
(North Shore Concessions)
Find out what happens when there’s an emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Presented by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service.
Dance to the Big Bands
Saturday, August 12
7:30 – 10:30 pm
Cost is $10
Happening at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions)
Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s celebrated “most romantic dance pavilion” – the Chateau. Join us as we relive the glory years.
Mirror Lake State Park
Also on Saturday night, August 19th at Mirror Lake State Park you can check out Jerry Stich and his 8 pc orchestra, Pieces of Eight. They will be taking the Mirror Lake Amphitheater stage at 7 pm and will be playing Swing tunes from the 40`s to the 70`s.
Bring a chair or blanket, bug spray, and a flashlight and enjoy this great event. A Wisconsin State Park sticker is needed to enter the Park. Donations are welcome with all proceeds used to support Park programs. Call 608-254-2333 for further information or visit our FB page or see friendsofmirrorlake.org.