Lot’s to do this Weekend!

Lot’s to do this Weekend!

There’s a lot to do this Memorial Day weekend at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin from kayak tours to exploring the night sky! Check out these (Mostly) Free park events going on this weekend.

Devil's Lake State Park Bat Watch

Devil’s Lake State Park Bat Watch

Friday Lawn Chair Bat Watch

We start out with the first Friday Lawn Chair Bat Watch IS this weekend, Friday, May 27, starting at 8:15 p.m.  Folks will be gathering at the bat condo which is right by the north shore boat launch and easy to find.  It’s a great time to bring a comfy lawn chair and watch the bats! We’ll park our chairs by the bat condo and watch the bats emerge from the houses. We’ll have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge.

Watch The Weather! The rain that is predicted at the moment may cause the park to cancel. To check if the program is still happening please call the Nature Center.

If you miss this one; don’t worry! The Lawn Chair Bat Watches happen every Friday night throughout the summer.

*** Sadly it’s very possible that these popular bat watches may not last much longer due to the fast decline of bats in Wisconsin caused by white nose syndrome.

Animal Feeding at Devil's Lake State Park

Animal Feeding Day

Happening at the Nature Center! Saturday, May 28, starting at 11 a.m.

Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two. We’ll also be feeding the fox snake! Watch him “gulp” down some mice!

A Hike Back in Time

Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot, Saturday, May 28 at 9am. The hike will go from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join retired Park Naturalist Ken Lange on a geologic exploration of Devil’s Lake. See rocks transported by glaciers, potholes, Devil’s Doorway, a 200-year old cedar quartzite glade, and a pygmy forest. This hike is approximately 3.5 miles, with some steep sections. Please wear proper footwear and bring plenty of water.

This is Ken’s last Saturday hike. You can still join him on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer.

Devil's Lake State Park Kayak Tours Returns For The Evening

Devil’s Lake State Park Kayak Tours Returns For The Evening

Kayak Tour

Summer kayak tours begin this weekend, Saturday, May 28th. The kayak tours will start at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions) and go from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Want a new way to explore Devil’s Lake? Take a guided kayak tour! As we paddle, we’ll look for wildlife and check out some of the park’s geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister and prepay prior to the event.

If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double.

To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.

Astronomy Program at Devil's Lake State Park

Explore the Night Sky

Join the Madison Astronomy Society (MAS) Saturday, May 28 from 7:00 – 10:30 pm to check out the night sky! Meet near the north shore boat launch parking lot, just behind the Rock Elm Shelter on the park’s north shore.

Join the Madison Astronomy Society (MAS) to learn about the night sky. MAS will have several telescopes set up and show you cool features about the moon, point you towards some winter constellations. This is more of an informal program where you can come anytime and the MAS volunteers will help you get to know the night sky.

This program is weather-dependent. If we have clouds or rain, the program will be canceled. You can call the Nature Center to see if the program is still happening (608) 356-8301 Ext. 140.


There are even program programs happening over the weekend! You can check out all of the events here or check out the Park’s Visitor Guide.

There is also a weekly schedule at the Nature and Visitor Centers too!


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