Over 1,700 of you interact with us every day on our very active Facebook page and that’s Fantastic! Still, we do get feedback from some of you who simply don’t do the whole “Facebook” thing, but still would like to see our photos, videos, events, links and stories. (We even toss in a music video now and again!) Well, just for you, we’ve opened our new Skillet Creek Tumblr page. Just visit the page, follow us if you like, or get the RSS feed. And of course, keep that feedback coming! We’ll do our best to listen!
In case you’re wondering.. and you’ve not been over to our Facebook page, Yes, the bugs are still everywhere near the lake shore at the moment. The photo above is from yesterday along South Shore Rd. Now what’s interesting is the number of folks who have made the bug invasion a bit of an attraction in-of-itself. What you do is take a drive along South Shore Rd. Very slowly along the lake front. (And keep your windows up!) If you get anywhere near the edge of the road, the sky will fill with clouds of bugs. They will tap against your windows making it sound as if you are driving through a light rain. From the protection of your car it’s actually a pretty interesting experience. One that can only be had for a couple short weeks in early spring. Soon, (and to the joy of many) they will be all gone. To enjoy the park but avoid the bugs one simply has to stay about 50 feet from the water. The trails up and over the bluffs are fine. Now keep in mind, these little buggers don’t bite, and don’t sting. They just get really irritating for folks hiking, playing or paddling right along the lake shore.
When driving that bit of South Shore Rd., that snakes down the hill at the south-west corner of the lake you’ll notice there has been some pretty hap-hazard brush clearing. You’ll have to thank the county for that one. It’s not all that attractive and the necessity of it is questionable at best, but what’s done is done. The point is that the road is maintained by Sauk County and not the Park itself, so don’t chew out the park staff if you think it looks nasty.
Tomorrow the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park will be hosting an Earth Day clean up day. You are welcome to join them by meeting at 9am at the Rock Elk Shelter on the North Shore. It’s a great way to get out and talk to some of the folks who know the park best and put in a little time to care for the park we love.
Regarding Camping – All of Quartzite Campground is now open, with 75 reservable campsites and 25 first-come, first-served campsites. Northern lights and Ice Age Campgrounds will open on weekends only beginning April 23, (Today!) and nightly beginning May 21.
While we’re waiting for the snow to melt.. (which shouldn’t be too long actually) I thought I’d share a bit of Devil’s Lake Facebookery. There are 3 Facebook pages worth joining for Devil’s Lake State Park fans and addicts.. There’s ours of course..The Skillet Creek Fan Page which is fairly new, Then there is the “Fans of Devil’s Lake State Park” page hosted by Ben Treutler, and there’s the new Devil’s Lake State Park Rock Climbing Page as well. That’s 3 places you can sooth your sense of outdoor deprivation, see pictures, make friends and probably learn a bit as well.
Weather is calling for rain and 50F today.. That snow is not long for this world.
Today local residents met at Devil’s Lake State Park for the first planning meeting for the parks 100th birthday celebration in 2011. About a dozen people tossed out a variety of ideas about how best to not just celebrate this milestone, but also to honor those who came before us, encourage more community involvement and offer visitors new ways to see the park as well. Ideas included video presentations, historic galleries, dances, weekend performances, presentations, guided hikes, educational tours.. and of course a big party! Now we have time to think a bit more about it before the next meeting in just a couple week. The trick of course is creating events and activities that YOU the park visitor will most enjoy. We’d love to hear your ideas! Feel free to post your Devil’s Lake State Park centennial celebration suggestions right here or on our Facebook and we’ll pass them along at the next meeting.
A lot going on here on the website recently as we start ramping up for the new season. Yeah, summer IS coming! The main thing on at the moment is the updates of campsite photographs. If you are on our twitter you’ll know we uploaded larger (1000 px wide) images now for All of the Ice Age Campground and Northern Lights Campground as well. Mentioning Twitter reminds me that I wanted to point you to our FaceBook as well. There are 2 great Fan pages out there for Devil’s Lake State Park and although I get to them occasionally, if you have a question or comment please become of “fan” (yeah, I hate that word myself) of Skillet Creek and post there. That way, I’ll see your questions much faster! Thank you!