The Shoulder Season

The Shoulder Season

The shoulder season has arrived here in the Devil’s Lake region. The kids are back to school, the trails at Devil’s Lake State Park are nearly empty and suddenly the morning fog has returned over the Baraboo & Wisconsin river valleys.  This is one of the BEST times to visit the area if you can.  For the most part you can still enjoy warm, summer temperatures, play in warm water and relax on quiet beaches, devoid of summer crowds.  What’s more, many private campgrounds are offering great deals now that peak season is over as well!

These few special few weeks will soon vanish as temperatures drop and the fall color crowds arrive. Soon we’ll be talking about fall color events, Halloween, bird migrations, November rains and early snowfalls..  Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves… here’s the news and notes for the next few weeks…

Devil’s Lake State Park News & Notes.

  • First, campers will want to note that construction on new restroom/shower buildings will begin after September 20th. From then on, Quartzite Campground and part of Northern Lights Campgrounds will be closed for most of the fall season. At this time we don’t know how long they will remain closed.
  • Badger Trails weekend will be held on October 3rd-5th, 2014. This means the park will be overflowing in scouts. This year there will be NO public camping (Outside of Group Camp) during the event weekend.
  • The north shore Chateau and south shore concessions will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., into October. The Ice Age Store will be open limited hours on weekends into early October. You can still rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats and stand-up paddleboards at both the north and south shore concessions.
  • The Devils Challenge Triathlon is coming up on September 14, 2014.  Click Here For Details.
Capturing Monarchs

Capturing Monarchs at Devil’s Lake State Park

  • Saturday, Sept 13th you can join the park naturalist out on Roznos Meadow for Monarch Butterfly Tagging.  Kids really enjoy this event each year. The monarch butterflies are starting to migrate south for the winter and it’s a perfect time to capture and tag them. The results will be recorded with Monarch Watch. Meet at the Roznos Meadow parking lot on Hwy 113 from 1 to 3 pm. Nets and monarch tags will be provided.

In The Area

In Baraboo the Downtown Farmer’s Markets are still running from 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Wednesday & Saturday.  You can also explore the Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market, Sundays from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Baraboo’s Fall Fair on the Square, The Fall Art Tour and other autumn events will be coming up in October… Stay tuned…


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