If you're planning a Devil's Lake trip, there's a good chance you're thinking about camping. Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin's most popular state park, often fills up every weekend May through October, as well as many summer weekdays. If you're ahead of the game, make a reservation now to ensure you can camp in the Park. If you're planning a last-minute trip, don't worry: there are many good private campgrounds in the area.
Camping at Devils Lake State Park
There's something special about camping inside the Devils Lake State Park. Once you arrive and set up camp, a gorgeous recreational area surrounds you, with great biking, hiking, swimming, boating, and climbing at your fingertips. And you don't have to get back into your car until your run out of food!
The Park has four campgrounds, each with its own perks. Study the map (at right) and the campground details to decide which one fits best with your group. All Devils Lake State Park campgrounds have very nice bathroom and shower facilities, better than most state or national parks.
Camping inside the Park usually requires a reservation on weekends May -October and any day June - August. The Park holds a handful of non-reservable campsites, but early birds snap these up quickly during the busy season. Your best bet is to plan your trip well ahead of time and reserve your site early.
Camping Outside the Park
If you are visiting Devils Lake without reservations, you will likely have to camp outside the Devils Lake State Park. This is a fairly common scenario, so many local campgrounds have popped up over the years to accommodate the Park overflow traffic. Fortunately, there are lots of great places to stay and a good variety to choose from.
Expect to pay more for private campsites, which average around $30/night. Most private campground rates vary with the season, charging premiums for summer dates and holiday weekends. Amenities like full RV hookups, swimming pools, or laundry facilities are often available; check campgrounds for specifics. Many campgrounds also have small cabins for those who like the campground feeling, but don't own camping equipment.