Universe In The Park, Kayak Tours

Universe In The Park, Kayak Tours

This weekend, Aug 4,5,6, is a relatively quiet one for events at Devil’s Lake. In addition to the weekly Friday and Saturday evening kayak tours, the UW-Madison Astronomy Program will be presenting “Universe In The Park” on Saturday.  If you missed the Devil’s Lake “Full Moon Night Paddle” earlier this year, you can catch the “Almost Full Moon” paddle at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday.

Well, let’s jump into this weekends events….

Universe In The Park

Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astronomy Program Saturday, August 5th from 9-10 pm for an evening of exploring the Universe! There will be a short presentation at the beginning of the program. Then, if there aren’t too many clouds, participants can look at the stars and planets through the telescope.  The program is held at the Northern Lights Amphitheater in the Northern Lights Campground.

Please note: With the rainy/stormy summer the park has had, the program will be canceled if we have rain or thunderstorms. You can always call the Nature Center to see if the program is still happening (608) 356-8301 Ext. 140.

Devil’s Lake Sunset during kayak tour.

Guided Kayak Tours

Go on an adventure at Devil’s Lake by kayak! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake’s wildlife.

There is a limited amount of space, so you must preregister prior to the event. When you register, be sure to tell them if you need to rent a kayak.

The rental fee is: (The rental will include your paddle and life jacket)

  • $25 for a single kayak
  • $45 for a double

You will be required to wear a life jacket on the tour (whether you rent a kayak or bring your own).
To register: please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140

More At The Nature Center

In addition to the above events, the nature center will also have its regular set of drop-ins and other family activities which are listed on our full events calendar here.  If you’re looking for hiking tips or a new trail to try, stop in at the nature center Thur, Friday, or Saturday mornings at 9 am for “Find A Trail”. The naturalist will be there to answer questions, talk about trail difficulties, weather issues and more before you head out on your hike.

Meanwhile at Mirror Lake State Park

Here are the Saturday, Aug. 5th Activities, and Programs at Mirror Lake State Park

– History and Nature of Mirror Lake Hike – 10:00 am – Meet at the Park Office
– Afternoon Program: Dragonflies, Damselflies, and other Insects 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Beach Area
– Evening Program: Almost Full Moon Kayaking – 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Boat Landing – Geology, History, and Points of Interest – Paddling though the Narrows and back – You will need to bring your own kayak and a white light for your kayak.

More Local Events

For more local event information for the weekend including the “Cranes of the World” Festival at the International Crane Foundation visit the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce’s Website.

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