Devils Lake to Merrimac - IAT (Beginner)

Trip is available to all Levels.

There will be 1.4mi of Road walking, just an FYI if you are not comfortable with that.


Friday October 11th.

Assemble at Devils Lake State Park after 5pm as your schedule permits. I have site 433 in the Ice Age Campground Loop on the north end of the park. 2 cars will be allowed at the sites all other will need to be parked in overflow parking. Please plan on backpacking camping and not car camping. Weather permitting water and bathroom facilities shall still be open and running at this time of the year. A WI State Park vehicle sticker is required to enter and park a car within the park.

Feel free to try and carpool with others.


Saturday October 12th

We will need to shuttle cars come morning unless we accomplish this Friday night. For the rest of the cars we will leave parked in the lot by the visitor center and begin our hike from there. All cars left at Devils Lake SP will need a WI State Park Vehicle Sticker.

Total mileage for the day will be just over 8 miles. We will begin the hike with a slightly intensive hike along the East Bluff Trail which will provide us with scenic overlooks of Devils Lake. Once the trail merges with the Ice Age Trail (IAT) we will follow that east along the south bluff. For the rest of the day we will continue down the IAT and leave the park toward the town of Merrimac. Just outside of Merrimac we will hit Marsh Road for a 1.4mi connecting road route to the Merrimac Ferry. We will ride the 7min, free Ferry(available 24x7) across the Wisconsin River and get back on the Trail for the ~1mi left to the IAT Dispersed Camping Area (DCA).

There is no privy or water available at the DCA so plan accordingly(ie trowel for catholes & possible filtration).  The IAT trail guide does say there is water available on both sides of the river but do not depend on that being available. I will plan on leaving a stash of water with the cars we will be leaving near the site too. The IAT also prefers against fires at the DCAs so plan on having a stove if you are needing to heat up water for your dinner.


Sunday October 13th

We’ll have a very short hike out of about 1 mile. Can make it longer if desired as there are a couple of loops available near the site that we can take advantage of.

We shall then gather the cars from Devils Lake and make our way home.


General Info

As mentioned above a State Park parking sticker is required for entry and parking at Devils Lake SP. Water and toilet facilities should still be open but would not depend on that as their shut off date is the following week. They prefer no fires at the DCA so you will need to plan on having a stove for heat source for dinner. You will need to plan on bringing your own shelter, food, and all other personal gear. Trip is limited to 6 people due to Devils Lake max occupants per site and to reduce impact at the DCA.

Average temps for this time of year: High = 61, Low = 36

Fee Information

Your $15.00 participation fee includes the following:  

Devils Lake campsite fee (1 sites, $15.00/site) - $15.00  

Reserve America reservation fee - $9.70  

Meetup Fee (2 nights, $5.00/night) - $10.00  

Firewood Friday Night


Links

Maps - Page 1: mycjs.me/iat61 - Page 2: mycjs.me/iat62 - Devils Lake Map - Campground Map

Feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup site or directly at [masked] about the trip, gear questions, or anything else.

You are fully responsible for your food, water, park stickers, and own security during this trip.

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  • Michael H.

    Excellent weather, excellent companions. Thanks for hosting this, Chris.

    October 15, 2013

  • Chris S.

    I'll get the rest of the photos uploaded later, the original file sizes are to big need to shrink them down

    October 13, 2013

  • Jim

    Perfect weather on an interesting trail with good people = great time thanks for setting this up Chris. The ferry ride was the kicker...

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Nice views, amazing weather, plus a fun lil ferry ride

    October 13, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Matt, sorry to be so late responding. I can pick you up after 4. Just send me an address. Or call me at[masked]-4806. Michael

    October 10, 2013

  • Matt

    Michael, when do you plan on leaving Green Bay, I will not be off work until about 4. If that works for you, I wouldn't mind car pooling!

    October 9, 2013

  • Jim

    I will be arriving Saturday morning...what time would you like me there?

    October 7, 2013

    • Chris S.

      It can be hard to say, depending on the trip, usually start moving somewhere around 8-9. So probably best arriving during that time, likely get to shuffling cars after that. But we shall wait for you.

      October 7, 2013

    • Jim

      I will park at the northern visitor center at 9 am

      October 9, 2013

  • Michael H.

    I plan on arriving at Devils Lake around 5:30 and going directly to site 433. I'll be leaving from the Green Bay area mid-afternoon if anyone needs a ride.

    October 8, 2013

  • Jim

    We can get a sticker for the car upon driving up to the park?

    October 7, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Yep, all of the entrances have spots that are either manned or self pay. Costs are found on this page, annual stickers are for the calendar year http://dnr.wi.gov/top...­

      October 7, 2013

  • Jim

    First trip with your group, from Chicago backpackers

    August 12, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Welcome to the group and glad your joining us!

      August 12, 2013

    • Jim

      Thanks.

      August 12, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Sorry, I'm volunteering on the North Country Trail that weekend.

    August 1, 2013

  • Patrick G.

    Wish I could ...

    August 1, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Sorry to hear, hopefully there will be another one soon that grabs your interest

      August 1, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Whoops sorry I had the wrong dates in the event but had the correct dates in the description sorry about the mix-up and confusion hopefully this might work for you.

      August 1, 2013

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