Wisconsin is a paddler’s paradise with thousands of lakes & rivers to choose from. Here in central Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake is popular not only for its natural beauty but because power boats are not a concern. Once outside of state park, paddlers need to share the waterways, but what wonderful waterways! Below we’ve listed the most popular paddling destinations within a few miles of Devil’s Lake State Park.
Paddling The Baraboo River – At one time the Baraboo River was blocked by 4 dams. Today they have been all removed making the Baraboo river one of the longest stretches of open river in the country.
Paddling The Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River – Amazing beauty best viewed by paddlers during the off-season when it’s safe for small human-powered craft.
Paddling The Lower Wisconsin River – Kick off in Sauk-Prairie just 15 minutes south of the park, and paddle your way to the Mississippi!
Mirror Lake – Mirror Lake is located near Wisconsin Dells, in Mirror Lake State Park. Lots of wildlife, dark forests, sandstone cliffs, and a strict no-wake policy make Mirror Lake a wonder to explore by canoe or kayak.
* Tips – We offer a variety of tips for paddlers on our Big Map. Just look for the blue canoe icons for boat landings, points of interest & important tips!
Local Canoe/Kayak Rentals & Outfitters
Baraboo River Canoe & Kayak RentalsBaraboo River Canoe & Kayak Rentals
“Come Paddle With Us!”
Baraboo River Canoe & Kayak Rentals is a local business, new in 2017. We offer a variety of affordable trips that can be as short as two hours, or as long as seven! We have leisurely trips that are full of beautiful scenery and wildlife. Did we mention the Baraboo River is also great for fishing?
We also offer trips for adventure seekers that include class 1 rapids through the historic city of Baraboo. Our headquarters are located in the charming and friendly village of North Freedom, WI, just 5 miles west of Baraboo. We proudly use Old Town Canoes & Kayaks and all of our trips include shuttle services to and from the entry/exit points, life jackets & paddles.
Wisconsin Canoe CompanyWisconsin Canoe Company
While Wisconsin Canoe Company is better known for sandbar camping trips on the Wisconsin River, our Baraboo location is entirely focused on fun, splashy kayak trips. In addition to a ton of riffles and class I rapids, you’ll see historic buildings, bridges, and the extremely unique opportunity to paddle through an active circus museum, complete with music, wagons, and if you’re really lucky, elephants. All of this is packed into a few short miles which means the experience is rarely dull and can be completed in a few hours or less – i.e. a perfectly fun thing to do this summer and only a few minutes away from the Dells, Baraboo, or Devil’s Lake.