Labor Day Weekend Stuff

Labor Day Weekend Stuff

Labor Day weekend already?  Well, we still have one last long weekend of summer and of course, there is plenty to do at Devil’s Lake State Park.

Kayak Tours

Fri, Sept 1 & Sat, Sept 2
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Pre-registration is required
Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions)

This is the last weekend for summer kayak tours on Devil’s Lake. The two-hour, Friday & Saturday tours will be starting at 5pm each evening. One goal of the tours is to finish just as the sun sets over the bluffs to enjoy the sunset from the water. That means that tours that started at 6:30 pm just a couple of months ago are now starting at 5 pm. The sun is setting much earlier these days!

Devil’s Lake Sunset during kayak tour.

There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register.

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

Monarch Tagging

Saturday, September 2
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot
This is also the time of year when the monarch butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Each year the park naturalist invites you and your family to help capture and tag butterflies at the park.  The results will be recorded with  She will provide the nets and the monarch tags. (The nature center only has a limited number of nets, so if you have your own, feel free to bring them along.)
Last fall, we tagged 13 monarchs. None of the ones we tagged were recaptured in Mexico. (One day we’ll actually have a monarch make it to Mexico!)

More To Do!

Fish Fry – This is your last chance to get in on the Friday Fish Fry held outside of the North Shore Chateau from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a 2 pc Fish & 1 pc Chicken Dinner with 3 Sides. The price is $11.50 per person.

Animal Feeding – Big fun for kids! Watch the naturalist feed snakes, turtles and more at the Nature Center. Saturday 11 am.

Find A Trail – Have your trail questions answered at the Nature Center from 9-10 am, Thurs, Friday & Saturday.

Nature Art – Join the park naturalist on Saturday between 10 am and noon for some creativity time. Kids really enjoy making their own nature art projects!

Explore The Full Events Calendar Here

Also Check Out…

Baraboo River Rendezvous – Take in the Baraboo River Rendezvous on September 1-4, 2017 at Spirit Point in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This Labor Day weekend, characters from a distant period in Wisconsin’s past will come to life when Baraboo’s Spirit Lake Mountain Men and friends and visitors gather for the annual Baraboo River Rendezvous. Directions: Follow signs to Circus World Museum and then Baraboo River Rendezvous signs to site.

River Rendezvous Baraboo

Also, Also Check Out…

The Cow Chip Festival in Sauk Prairie – Not at the park, but about 15 minutes away at Marion park in the city of Sauk Prairie. Featuring two stages of entertainment, arts and crafts fair, food booths, 5k & 10k run and much more! Click here for info.

Devil's Lake Adventure Hikes

As for me, I’ll be taking some park visitors off the trail for their own custom adventures through this weekend. I started this private guided touring service last spring to take folks out to see the less traveled parts of the park. It’s been a lot of fun meeting everyone who’s joined me for a hike and showing them around!  While I’m booked up this weekend, we have a lot of time yet to explore. Now through November is probably the best time to hike at Devil’s Lake State Park. Cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and the coming fall colors make for some amazing hiking adventures whether as part of a tour or on your own.

However you plan to spend your Labor Day weekend, be safe and have fun. At Devil’s Lake State Park Labor Day weekend isn’t so much about the end as it is about change. Summer may be slipping away, but autumn takes over with a new set of attractions and adventures… See you soon!

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