Let’s get our calendars checked off for the big winter events at Devil’s Lake & Mirror Lake State Park.
First comes Devil’s Lake’s first Winter Star Party on Saturday, Dec. 30th from 7 pm to 9:30. Come see the glorious stars and planets out during winter. The winter sky is home to more bright stars and easy to recognize constellations than any other time of year! We’ll have a couple of telescopes set up for you to look through, a fire to keep you warm, and a marshmallow or two to roast. Bundle up and see some wonderful winter skies – weather permitting. The program will be happening just behind the Rock Elm Shelter near the North Shore Boat Launch.
Devil’s Lake’s First Day Hike, Jan 1, 2018
Welcome in the new year at Devil’s Lake State Park from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Wisconsin State Parks is once again hosting First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. These hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. This year at Devil’s Lake, go on your own hike or participate in a guided hike that will start at 4:00 pm. We’ll also have a campfire for you to warm up before and after the hike. Dress warm and bring your snowshoes (if we have snow). We’ll have snowshoes to loan as well. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot on Hwy DL. Free event, but park vehicle sticker required. Arrive early to purchase a vehicle park sticker.
Devil’s Lake’s Family Snow Day & Learn To Ice Fish Day, Jan 20th
Devil’s Lake State Park’s Family Snow Day will be on January 20th from 1 to 4 pm. Parents, bring your kids out for a day of fun in the snow! Borrow some snowshoes to hike around the lake. Make a snow fort. Warm up by the fire. Participant in other activities to have fun on a winter’s day! Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. Meet at the Rock Elm shelter on the park’s north shore.
This is also Devil’s Lake’s “Learn To Ice Fish” event day. Bundle up to learn the basics of how to ice fish. Devil’s Lake’s volunteers and staff will help you go out on the ice and try to catch a fish! All equipment and bait are provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are welcome! Dress warmly as there will be no shanties, but there will be a fire to warm up by on shore. This is a “Free Fishing Weekend” so no fishing license is required. This is a weather-dependent activity and can be canceled if ice conditions are not safe. Meet outside the Rock Elm Shelter on the park’s north shore. Free event, but park vehicle sticker required.
Devil’s Lake Candlelight Hike & Snowshoe Feb 10th, 2018
It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Cure your winter cabin fever and join us for this winter adventure! Go on a self-guided snowshoe (depending on snow) or hike through the park. Warm up by the campfire and make a s’more. Bring your snowshoes or borrow a pair of ours – we have lots of sizes to fit everyone in your family. Make sure you dress appropriately. Meet outside the Rock Elm shelter on the park’s north shore. Event from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.
Mirror Lake State Park Events
Mirror Lake State Park’s First Day Hike starts at noon and goes to 2 pm. Snow or no snow, we will hike or snowshoe on a groomed snowshoe/hiking trail. Bring your camera – we will be hiking along the lake and rock formations at Echo Rock. The trail is about 2 miles in length and suitable for all ages. Meet at the beach/winter rec. parking lot. Free event, but park vehicle sticker required. Arrive early to purchase a vehicle park sticker. 608-254-2333 for more info.
Mirror Lake State Park will host Candlelight Hike, Ski & Snowshoe events on Jan 6 & Feb 3rd. The events start at 6 pm and run to 8 pm. Enjoy a couple of torchlit trails in the park. There will be bonfires, hot chocolate, and hot cider and of course, sweet treats all for a goodwill donation. Sponsored by the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park.
Mirror Lake State Park’s winter snowshoe hikes will be held on Jan 20th and February 10th. Marty is back to guide a fun winter hike into the Fern Dell Gorge to see the ice sheets! Meet him at the park office at 10 a.m. for carpooling. The hike will be about 90 minutes of adventure hiking through the woods and into the gorge. Walking sticks and snowshoes are recommended but not required. Bring your cameras to capture some beautiful pictures of the colored ice! Due to limited space in the gorge, please RSVP to the park office (608-254-2333) to sign up for the hike.