Memorial Weekend News, Events & Notes

Memorial Weekend News, Events & Notes

Hard to believe we’re coming up on Memorial Weekend already! So let’s look at some of the news and events you might want to know for the weekend.


OK, so first the weather looks mixed but not bad either. Forecasts are calling for some sun, some clouds and a slight chance of showers on and off all weekend. Temps expected to be in the high 60s to mid-70s. I’ve learned not to have too much faith in forecasts recently, so who really knows!?  I’d recommend you keep an eye on the local weather at from Madison.


If you want to have a good time on a holiday weekend at Devil’s Lake State Park, you need to know what to expect. We’ve put together this blog called, “10 Honest Tips for First Timers“. It’s worth a read if you haven’t been here before.

The Trail To See

Next, if you don’t know the park and wonder which trail is the “Must See!”, well read “The One Trail You Have To See at Devil’s Lake“. If you want to get away from the crowds, there are many other natural areas and hiking trails nearby. We’ve got a page full of that info and a map as well, click here.

Weekend Activities

Weekend Activities

At Devil’s Lake State Park, the featured Nature Center events are the Guided Kayak Tours on Friday and Saturday and the High-Tech Bat Hike on Saturday evening at 8 pm. You must pre-register from kayak tours. For info & to register please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. There are also a lot of FREE fun family activities put on by the Nature Center all weekend as well including Animal Feeding Day and a Hike Back in Time. Just go to our Events Calendar for more info.

If you want to try rock climbing, paddling or backcountry hiking there may be openings with local outfitters as well. Check them out here.

Meanwhile, in Baraboo, which is just a mile north of the park, There are some interesting events going on this weekend as well. Baraboo Tours will be putting on both Haunted & Historic walking tours in Downtown Baraboo. You can visit their website here. There will be a Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Here’s that webpage.  You also may want to check out Whooping Crane Day at the International Crane Foundation on Sunday, May 28th from 9 am to 5 pm.  Click here for details.

Of course, Circus World & Mid-Continent Railway Museum will be open over the weekend as well.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

It was a struggle to find information about Memorial Day ceremonies this year.  What I have learned is that there will be a 9 am ceremony at the Water Street bridge in Baraboo. The Baraboo High school Band will play and families are encouraged to drop flowers over the water in memory of military family members.  At 10 am there will be a small parade around the Downtown Baraboo square with the high school band.  At 11 am there will be a memorial ceremony at Baraboo’s Walnut Hill Cemetary.

Free Admission For State Veterans

State statute 27.01(7)(c)1m allows for a vehicle admission exemption for any vehicle (except a bus) on Veterans Day and the 3-day weekend (Sat. through Mon.) that includes Memorial Day that is occupied by a person who produces evidence they are a state resident and a service member.

Traffic Issues

Lastly, I want to touch on traffic issues. There are construction zones on 2 main arteries into the Baraboo & Devil’s Lake area right now. There is expansion work on Highway 12 near the Ski-Hi Road intersection. This highway basically connects the west side of Madison to Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells. There has been a lot of press this week about how dangerous this area has become for both drivers and workers. Construction is also reported on Exit 106 from the interstate onto Hwy 33 into Baraboo. So, it’s hard to guess what condition these locations will be in over the holiday weekend. With that in mind, I’ve put together a Google map showing the construction spots and some alternative access routes marked with green icons.

Trouble Spots & Alternatives

I think that covers it for the moment, but I invite you to follow us on Facebook as well for any updates or changes.  Have a fun and SAFE Memorial Weekend!

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