Devil’s Lake has over 5 miles of XC ski trails,with two different loops ranging from beginner to moderate for classic-style skiers. The ski trails start in the Steinke Basin meadow, then wind their way through oak, ash, hickory, and maple forests. Conditions can vary widely due to sun or shade or steepness of terrain. Some trails are one way only.
Grooming at Devil’s Lake State Park is hit or miss, recently (2016) the trails on Steinke Basin have been tracked but not rolled. Steinke Basin is often used by hikers, snowshoers and pets and ski trails are not always in the best of conditions.
Call the park number (608-356-8301) and listen to the opening greeting for recent conditions of the cross country ski trails. You may also call the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Snow report at 1-800-432-TRIP for ski conditions at Devil’s Lake and other areas of the state.