Devil's Lake State Park

This trip is open to ALL LEVELS.

This trip was suggested by Sean who did most of the work to organize it. Please make sure to thank him for this trip.


Friday April 26th

We will gather Friday night at the Ice Age Campsite 517-518. Devils Lake State Park is going through some electrification project and only a few handful of sites are available. We were not able to get a group campsite as it was a "first come-first serve" basis. Therefore we reserved 2 side-by-side campsite. Please plan on carpooling because Devil's Lake has a policy of 2 cars parked per campsite. There are a few parking spots for those extra cars but it will be a ways down our campsites. You are required to have a state park sticker to enter the devil's lake area. There won’t be a set meeting time, instead arrive when you can on Friday night.

**Prepare on backpacking and not car camping. Sites will be tight and won't have much room. Plan on bringing smaller tents and just the basic gear. Keep in mind that we will be shuttling cars and less equipment means more room for people.**

 

Saturday April 27th

In the morning we will shuttle a few cars to the Parking lot on Marsh Rd then we will hike to the Marsh Rd parking lot and shuttle back to the campsites once we arrive at our destination. This hike will be approximatively 9.8 miles. There is water near each campsite. --Be sure to bring along a daypack as we will be having lunch on the trail and nowhere near the campsites. You should also bring enough water to last the hike.-- If you want to test yourself, all of your gear with you on the hikes. This will help getting yourself in shape for when actual backpacking situation arise. If you do so, please keep make sure you are able to carry your pack throughout the hike.


Sunday April 28th
We’ll shuttle a few cars to Parfrey's Glen area parking lot (then come back to campsite to start the hike). We'll hike to Parfrey's Glen. This hike will be approximatively 6 miles from our campsites. There is water at the parking Parfrey's Glen lot so we can replenish after the hike as well. Be aware that you will be required to clear out the campsite as we head out for the hike and we will not come back to it.


General Info
The campsites have nearby bathrooms. It’s possible that showers and flushable toilet might not be available due to constructions. There is a water pump nearby the sites as well. There’s room for 6 people per sites. Devil's Lake State Park require a parking sticker. 

Average temperatures for this time of year -- Hi 58, Low 32
We've been having low temperature lately and hopefully it will warm up soon but please plan carefully as at night it may get much colder. Bring appropriate gear.

 

I just got a reply back from DNR about the construction and water.  Here is what we can expect:

 

  • All water in the park will be turned on for the season 1-2 weeks before the late April dates you give.  But there is construction work going on in Northern Lights Campground, probably at that time, and that could impact the availability of water facilities in Ice Age Campground, since those two campgrounds share a water system.  There will be at least, pit toilets to use in Ice Age Campground.  At worst, you might have to go the north shore headquarters building to fill water jugs.  It’s possible that showers might not be available.

     

  • Water should be available along the IA trail in the park at the Group Camp and at the north shore Headquarters.  Water availability at the south shore picnic area may be affected by a major project on the water/sewer pumping station there.

     



Fee Info
Your meetup fee of $20.00 includes the following:
Shelter Reservation (2 nights, $15.00/night) - $30.00
Reserve America reservation fee - $9.70
Meetup Fee (2 nights, $5.00/night) - $10.00
Firewood for both evenings: $50



Links
Suggested Gear List: --Click Here--
Map --  Trails Map
Map -- Itinerary

 

**Each participant is responsible for his/her own meals, gear, and safety. If you do not feel like you can do the hikes, consider going to our next beginner trip in May which will have shorter hikes. **

 

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  • Senthil

    Gps track map uploaded in photos section. Let me know if anyone interested in gpx files.

    2 · April 29, 2013

    • Melanie

      It's really cool Senthil, Thanks for uploading these :)
      Well, now we know why it was a bit harder but TOTALLY worth it! Way to go everyone :)

      April 30, 2013

    • Michelle

      That's awesome Senthil, thanks! And Sean, don't worry, we're only cursing your name slightly :)

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Beau B.

    Great first trip! Learned a ton and had lots of fun

    2 · April 28, 2013

    • Sean

      As for pie -- I'm sure you bought enough of it yesterday that you'll have some left to bring with you.

      April 29, 2013

    • Melanie

      PIE FOR EVERYONE! (okay maybe not) If I know you're coming, maybe I'll bring pie… and cheese, I know you love cheese. :)

      The High Cliff trip will be helpful if you need a gear shakedown. (We'd go over your entire pack, and help you cut down weight/ add items that you would normally need.)

      We'll also talk backpacking food, first aid, "leave no trace policy" , and safety. We'll answer ANY backpacking question you may have.

      We'll also go on a hike too. Might be a bit boring for you since it will only be 6.5 miles but depending your experience with backpacking, this may be a good start. If you know all the basics, then don't worry about this trip. :)

      April 29, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Great weather, great group. Thanks Sean and Melanie for organizing.

    April 29, 2013

  • Senthil

    Great Trip. Good to see you all. Well organized. Special thanks to Sean, Melanie and Beau.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Great trip and great people! Don't listen to Sean, Melanie did a great job planning the weather. And Sean did a great job planning the hikes. I will definitely make a repeat trip to Devil's Lake if it's always as fun as this.

    3 · April 28, 2013

  • Sean

    Great trip with fun people. lots of new to the groupers making thier first outings with the group. Next time though this should be an intermediate trip, as milage was longer than anticipated and terrain was difficult. Only complaint was the weather... for about an hour Friday night it was too warm for a jacket and too cool to forgo one.

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    A coworker of mine just pointed me to your meetup group - I would love to join the trip this weekend! I live in Milwaukee - I know I'm out of the "home range" for the group - is there anyone else in the MKE area (or between MKE & Devil's Lake) who would be interested in a ride share?

    April 25, 2013

    • Sean

      Melanie is in Milwaukee. You should get in touch with her. See you tomorrow!

      April 25, 2013

    • Melanie

      Hey Michelle, I'm indeed in Milwaukee too! I will be leaving town around 3pm from work in Greendale.

      April 25, 2013

  • Senthil

    Last week we went to Tom's lake up north. I am still thinking about this trip. Could anyone give me a ride share. I can leave anytime after 12pm. I am in De pere west.

    April 25, 2013

    • Beau B.

      I have room for one more leaving from the Appleton area before 3 tomorrow if you want to tag along.

      April 25, 2013

    • Senthil

      Thanks Beau. I am in. Let me know where to meet.

      April 25, 2013

  • Beau B.

    First hike with the group =) I will be coming from the Kaukauna/Appleton area if anyone wants to carpool Fri afternoon.

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Sean

      I'm up for a ride share. I can Leave from sourhside neenah around 3-4ish.

      April 17, 2013

    • Beau B.

      I can stop by Neenah on my way through to pick you up around 3:30 or 4.

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I unfortunately will no longer be able to go on the trip. I found out that I need to have knee surgery this week, but I talked to Ken and he said it would be alright if my friend Zoe took my place. She joined the group and just needs to RSVP. Hope you guys have fun!

    April 9, 2013

    • Sean

      Too bad! hope you recover quickly and we see you this summer.

      April 9, 2013

    • Melanie

      Recover quickly and see you this summer! :)

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group and was wondering if anyone could give me a ride. I'm in the Appleton area.

    April 1, 2013

    • Sean

      I can swing it if you can get to Oshkosh; I'm planning on leaving right after work, and won't be able to get back up to appleton before I leave.

      April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I work in Oshkosh so that would be great! What time do you get off of work?

      April 2, 2013

  • Sean

    Melanie suggests a day pack, but it is my plan to pack everything up and carry it with me, to help get back in condition for longer hikes after a to long winter.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Sounds great but I will be in North Carolina. Have fun!

    March 27, 2013

    • Melanie

      Thanks! Have fun in North Carolina! :)

      March 27, 2013

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