Another week comes to a close and another weekend is upon us. (And a warmer one at that!!) The Friday Wrap will be a new regular feature of our blog as we head into the new year. It will give us a chance to get in some last minute information about the weekend’s events, cover some of the stuff we’ve been talking about on our social media channels over the last week and share some weekly area photos as well. So let’s get started!
Monday we got received about 4 inches of snow around the Baraboo Hills, but there was no base. With 2 sunny days ahead and temps in the 40s through Sunday, we would expect progressively wet and sloppy conditions, especially on the surface lake. (Sounds fun!!) I know a lot of people are anxious to get out and snowshoe, but my advice is don’t. You’ll just bend your cleats. At Devil’s Lake Adventure Hikes, we’re still not running snowshoe tours… (Insert sad face here!) If you really want to have fun in the snow, head over to Devil’s Head Resort where they’re reporting a variable base up to 42″!
Expect the East and West Bluff trails to be snowcovered and slippery. As it warms, ice will build up on the stairs. I’d suggest you have ice cleats at the ready if you plan to hike up the bluffs this weekend.
When it comes to walking on the ice and fishing, the last report I saw said there were 6-8 inches of ice on the lake. While I won’t swear to it, there are trucks out there and I’ve walked on it myself and it looks pretty solid in most areas.
Family Snow Fun Day & Learn To Ice Fish
Saturday, Jan 20th is Family Fun Day & Learn To Ice Fish at the park. Both are free events! Devil’s Lake State Park’s naturalist has spent the last few days getting ready for the weekend events. The games are ready and there’s wood for the warming fire! I hear the big issue has been trying to get the park’s old ice auger together! It sounds like the nature center has about 15 ice fishing poles available for the event. Thing is, if the weather is as nice as it sounds, that may not be enough!
Remember, if you haven’t purchased your park sticker yet, you will need one to park your car even though the day’s events are free.
New Sponsor! AL Ringling Theatre
Before we get to the week’s featured area photos, I want to take a moment to welcome the historic AL. Ringling Theatre to our list of sponsors. (Back in the day, I performed in a variety of local theatre productions on that stage!) The newly restored “AL” is an amazing sight and if you haven’t seen it, we invite you to take a tour. Visit their website for more information at www.alringling.com.
This Week’s Photos
Here are the area photos we’ve featured this week on social media. Fresh snow and amazing sunrises!
So that’s a wrap for this week. Remember, if you have any questions you can always contact us on social media, messenger (SkilletCreek) or by old-fashioned email if you like. We’re not the “official” voice of the park, but sometimes that’s a good thing. 🙂
Have a great weekend, and be safe out there!