It’s Fall! Now What?

It’s Fall! Now What?

Labor Day weekend 2015 has arrived. Too quickly if you ask me!  Well, things are quieting down in the Devil’s Lake State Park area, the kids are back in school for the most part, and a few anxious trees have already changed into their kaleidoscopic coats of yellow, orange and red.  So here’s what’s going on around the park and elsewhere over the next week or so…

Fall Colors

If you’re anxious to view fall colors, you can actually find a tree here or there within the park showing some nice fall colors, but that’s an exception not the rule.  There’s one nice colorful tree on the south shore beach area and few others scattered around. If you want to learn more about when things go “Peak” around here, where to go and what to see, check out our fall colors info page by clicking here.

Friday Bat Watch

The last Lawn Chair Bat Watch is Friday night, September 4, 2015 Starting at 7:30p.m. As always, there will be fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while they wait to the bats to emerge. Remember to bring your  comfy lawn chair for this one.

Monarch Tagging at Devil's Lake State Park

Monarch Tagging at Devil’s Lake State Park

Saturday Monarch Tagging

On Saturday, September 5th, you can join Devil’s Lake State Park’s Naturalist, Susan Johansen to tag some monarch butterflies from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The monarch butterflies are starting to migrate south for the winter and it’s a perfect time for us to capture and tag them. The results will be recorded with

You will be will provided with the nets and monarch tags. There are a limited number of nets, so if you have your own, feel free to bring them along.

Great family event!

More North Shore Construction!

One of the last major construction projects will begin this fall to reconstruct a beach wall along the north shore.  The project which includes new access paths and fresh sand for the north shore beach will stretch along most of the northern shoreline of Devil’s Lake. Sections of beach will be closed to visitors during construction.  All existing paved walkways will still be accessible and no construction equipment will be operated on the weekends.  Lake access will remain on the east side of the Chateau and on the entire south beach area.  There is no start date set, but it will be sometime after Labor Day Weekend.

Pewit’s Nest Made The News (Again!)

The post “Cliff diving concerns surround surge of Pewits Nest visitors” cover’s much of the ongoing discussion we’ve had here and elsewhere regarding the overuse, abuse and lack of a clear management plan at Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area. It’s certainly worth a view. Feel free to join our conversation about this issue over on our Facebook Page.

Sauk Prairie Recreation Area

The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area connects to Devil’s Lake State Park’s southern border. What happens to this land and what recreational opportunities we have going forward will depend on the discussions going on right now.  While it’s fair to say a majority of folks are looking for environmental protection and silent sports opportunities, that’s not true for everyone. The state is still looking at opening the area to model rocketry, off-leash dog areas and motor bikes.  While there is nothing inherently wrong with these sorts of things, the SPRA may not be the best location.  Whatever your opinion, make your voice heard. The Wisconsin DNR is hosting a public open house and hearing on the draft master plan and environmental impact statement for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area on Thursday evening Sept 10 at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center. [Click for map.]

Public Open House: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
DNR presentation: 5:00 p.m.
Public Hearing: 5:15 – 8:00 p.m.
More info at

To stay up to date with this fluid discussion be sure to visit the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance Website.

Requiem For Summer

So here we are wrapping up another summer season here in the Baraboo hills, but as I was telling my son last evening, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Soon will be peak colors, orchards to visit, corn mazes to run, halloween hikes, Fall festivals & art tours… cool. The fun’s not over, we’re just turning a page and entering a new chapter.  See you soon!

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