Winter is a popular time to get out and enjoy the beauty & solitude of the park. Popular past-times include Cross-Country Skiing, Sledding, Ice Skating, Ice Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing and more. Devil’s Lake also offers a variety of events during the autumn and winter months including the candlelight hike & ski in January of each year.
Cross Country Skiing At Devil’s Lake State Park – Click Here For Map & Info
Sledding – Quartzite Campground is Closed due to Construction over the Winter.
Sledding on the hill behind the Nature Center is very popular in the winter. This is on the north shore along the road connecting the north shore entrance to the Quartzite Campground. The hill is not specifically maintained for sledding but is used regularly. Parking is available near the Nature Center or near the bottom of the hill in the Quartzite Campground.
There are no shelters or heated buildings near by, however there is a winterized water tap and non-flush toilets available in the campground.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Hikers, pets, and snowshoers are not allowed on the cross-country ski trails when the trails are snow covered. Walking on the ski trails destroys the groomed surface needed for recreational skiing. Snowshoes are available FREE for you to use from the park Nature Center beginning January 1, of each year. Click Here For More Snowshoeing Information including Google Map.
Winter Water Accessibility
Water is turned off in many areas of the park during the winter. During the winter, bathrooms are open by the South Shore Concession building (concessions would be closed). At the North Shore, bathrooms are open in the Visitor Center and the Headquarters Building. The date of actual water shut-off and turn-on is usually mid-April and mid-October, but these times may vary according to the weather by 1-3 weeks either way. Call the park to find out current information at 608-356-8301.
Winter Gallery - click on an image to enlarge