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Camping Trip - Devil's Lake State Park, WI (Kevin)

Devil’s Lake Camping Trip Update:

Go to Eventbrite to pay at:

Cost: $10 plus dish to pass.

$10 is for paypal fee, camping fee, firewood, Misc (paper plates, dish soap, etc.), and event fee. Refunds if you decide not to go:
April 29th,10:00 pm: Full Refund ($10)
May 5th, 9:00 pm: ½ Refund ($5)

Dish to pass: We are having potlucks for Dinner Friday and Saturday Nights. Half the people will bring something for Friday Night and the other half will bring something for Saturday Night. You are on your own for Breakfasts and Lunches. If you are coming up earlier on Friday, please volunteer for Friday Night. Please state in your RSVP what you are bringing and for what night. I will try to come up with a list the Sunday before the trip. I will bring 24 brats to be cooked over the fire for Friday Night. Remember, people will be come in at all hours Friday Night. Please bring something that is easy to heat up. If you want a suggestion, let me know. I will bring pots, pans and a dual burner stove.

Waiting List is now on! Please include date and time when you sign up for the waiting list.

Right now we have about 61 “Yes” and “Maybes”. On April 4 the “Maybe’s will be removed. This should open up some more spaces. On April 18 the “Yes” who hasn’t paid will be removed. This should even up more spaces.

Timeline: April 4 – All the “Maybe’s” will be removed. If you are currently a “Maybe” and want to go, please change to “Yes” before then. April 18 – All “Yes” Non payer’s will be removed. If you are a non payer, you will be removed. When you decide to pay, you can RSVP “Yes” again.


The campsite holds 60 people. I am expecting to get between 40 to 60 people to attend. If your plans change, please change your RSVP as soon as possible.

Temperature: The average high for May 8th for Devil’s Lake is 71 and average low is 48. This hottest it’s been it the last 10 years on May 8th is 84 (day) and the coldest is 37 (night).

Tents: If you have a tent, have a tent to share, need a tent, or need a tent to share, please let me know and add that in your RSVP. Also a couple of people are looking for sleeping bags.

Please car pool when possible: The site only hold about 10 cars. There is overflow parking about 100 feet away. If you are driving and have room for passengers, please state where you are driving from and how many people you can take in your RSVP. If you need a ride, please state that in your RSVP (Don’t forget to add your pickup location.)

Park Admissions:

You need to buy Admissions Stickers for each vehicle entering the park: $10 per day or $35 for annual pass.

Thursday Night: If you are planning to go up on Thursday Night let me know. I can get the site for Thursday Night. If we get 10 people, the cost will be $4 per person. I will probably be there by 8:00 pm.

Tentative Schedule: (You can do anything you want.) This is what I am planning on doing and everyone is welcome to join me.

Friday Night:
Eat. Greet people as they show up. Hang around the fire.
10:00 – Night Hike?

Morning is free until 10:00. Bike, Jog, Sleep, Eat, etc.
10:00 – Hike East Trail
After Hike - Free Time: Mountain Bike, Canoe, Hangout at Beach (Volleyball), GEO Cache, etc
7:00 Eat and Hang around the fire
10:00 – Night Hike to Devil’s Lake

Morning is free until 9:00. Bike, Jog, Sleep, Eat, etc.
9:00 – Hike West Trail
After Hike – Pack up and head home

Some of the people are interested in Mountain climbing and diving. If you are interest in these, please post it on the RSVP.

Devil’s Lake Web Site:

Devil’s Lake Map:
Group Campsite is Right of Visitor Center South Shore at the bottom of the map.

Group Campsite Map (We are at Campsite #1):

Waiting List is now on! Please include date and time when you sign up for the waiting list.

Right now we have about 61 “Yes” and “Maybes”. On April 4 the “Maybe’s will be removed. This should open up some more spaces. On April 18 the “Yes” who hasn’t paid will be removed. This should even up more spaces.

We will be update the information about this trip by Sunday, March 28.

Save this date. The site has been reserved. More information to follow.

Camping Trip - Devil's Lake State Park, WI

May 7- 9 Devil's Lake State Park
S5975 Park Rd
Baraboo, WI 53913

From Chicago: 213 miles / 3 hours 48 minutes driving time.

We will be staying a Group Site #1. The site #1 Group Camp site 1 is VERY rustic. They have NOT been cleared of trees or shrubs. There are picnic tables and a fire ring at each site. Wooden fences mark the boundary. Vehicle admission stickers are required. Services and Amenities for group site are flush toilets, pit toilets, hot showers and running water fountains open in summer season. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. This group site is shaded.

Devil's Lake Website

Devil’s Lake State Park

Spectacular scenery, a full range of recreational activities, and a full-time naturalist make this a very popular park. The nearly-10,000-acre state park is 2 miles south of Baraboo and about 40 miles northwest of downtown Madison.

More people visit Devil’s Lake State Park annually—1.2 to 1.4 million—than any other state park in Wisconsin. Peak visitation is during the late spring, summer and fall, when visitors can swim in or boat on the clear, 360-acre spring-fed lake.

Devil's Lake has 29.9 miles of trails, all of which are open for hiking in spring, summer, and fall. Trails range from easy, short, and level meadow walks to rugged staircase-like stone steps steeply ascending several hundred feet up to the bluff tops. Trail sections can be combined to create walking routes of .5 mile up to more than 10 miles. The statewide Ice Age Trail goes through the park and includes about half of the park's trails. The park also has 8.0 miles of off-road bike trails. A state trail pass is not required to use the mountain bike trails. There are no official paved road-bike trails in the park, although many people enjoy riding several miles on all the paved campground roads. Many of the roads in the park and surrounding areas are not biker friendly, since roads are often narrow, hilly, and winding, with guardrails and narrow shoulders. Park roads have more than their share of scenery-distracted drivers and inexperienced motor home operators. A 2-mile paved bicycle trail extends from the park's north shore entrance to the City of Baraboo.

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  • Lana

    Excellent trip, thanks Kevin for putting it together!.. A tad chilly but what the heck :) Sunday was gorgeous.

    May 10, 2010

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Additional notes: Refunds if you decide not to go: April 29th,10:00 pm: Full Refund ($10) May 5th, 9:00 pm: ½ Refund ($5)

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