As we get ready to head into the hottest temperatures of the year so far, those of us who make Devil’s Lake State Park our second home are wondering why things seem so, well, quiet. Have you noticed it?
On a level it seems like a normal summer around the lake. People new to the park might even call it “crazy”. There are people on the beach, campgrounds are booked, parking lots are full. But experience says that “full” is pretty laid back for Devil’s Lake State Park which is usually bursting at the seams this time of year.
In chatting with others, I’ve found this to be a common observation. More of a shared gut feeling than anything. A “September in July” kind of thing. 2016 just doesn’t have the pressured, grand central station feel of recent years. Heck, you can probably find an open picnic table on a Saturday afternoon this year!
Of course there are many suggestions for the lull, from higher park sticker & camping prices, to weather to swimmer’s itch to people just going elsewhere to avoid the DLK crowds. Still, that doesn’t quite add up either. I’ve heard admission sticker sales are actually up again this year. Personally, I can tell you that the visitor numbers to this very website are pushing record numbers as well! Strange!
Maybe things will change as the temps push 100F this week or as we get into August and everyone realizes that we’re running out of summer. Maybe you’ll come up this weekend to a solid line running from the park entrance to Downtown Baraboo! Hard to tell. On the other hand, maybe this is just going to be a quiet season. There’s a lot to be said, for shorter lines and having a bit of extra room out on the trails!
Still, it just seems weird..
What do you think?