Four Devils Lake Camping Areas
Once a 9-hole golf course, the Quartzite Campground was converted to campsites in 1962, creating the closest campground to the North Shore Visitor's area. The terrain here is what you'd expect from an old golf course: slightly rolling terrain, mostly open to the sky, with a good collection of shade trees about. This is certainly the sunniest campground at Devils Lake, great for spring/fall camping in colder weather.
The Quartzite Loop is the most convenient Devils Lake camping area, within easy walking distance of the Nature Center, Chateau, and North Shore hiking trails. It's also easier to get in and out of the Quartzite Loop, as the campground connects directly to County Road DL, north of the Park. While Quartzite is the most accessible Devils Lake campground, it is also the least private. On busy summer weekends, expect to feel a little cramped amongst the rows of RVs in Quartzite. To avoid feeling crowded out, try to score a perimeter site.
Northern Lights Campground
Laid out in the 1930s, Northern Lights Campground is the oldest campground at Devils Lake. Nestled into the terminal moraine northwest of the North Shore, Northern Lights consists of two main loops hugging either side of a large, sloping hill. Northern Lights has both sunny (eastern half) and forested (western half) sites; choose your site according to the season and/or your tastes. The original stone bath/shower house at the north end of the campground is probably the most attractive and well-built campground bathroom in Wisconsin, and possibly the entire country, thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Ice Age Campgrounds
The Ice Age Loop is the largest and most remote Devils Lake camping area and is split into western and eastern sections. The Ice Age West features private, generously spaced-out sites surrounded by dense, young forest. Mosts sites here receive midday sun. Ice Age East, on the other hand, sits inside an older, more developed forest. Most sites here are fully shaded, covered by a thick canopy; these are probably the most intimate and "out there" campsites in the Park. Our favorite Ice Age sites here are in the eastern section, on the southeastern margins (sites 462 - 472 and 510 - 520, roughly).
Since the Ice Age area is further from the North Shore concessions, it has its own store south of the western loops (see map). Ice Age does not have a playground for kids (as Quartzite and Northern Lights do), but it does have two teepee sites (they sleep four people each) which you can reserve at the Wisconsin State Park reservations system.
Group Campground (South Shore)
If you are camping with a large group (8 or more people) at Devils Lake, you may prefer a Group Camp Site over multiple individual sites. This area is particularly fantastic for climbing groups, as it's only a few hundred yards from the Group Sites to the CCC trail to the East Rampart. Each group site holds a different maximum group size: Sites 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 accommodate 20 people each; Site 5 accommodates 40 people; and Site 1 can host 60 campers.
Reserve Your Site
Devils Lake camping reservations go fast. As Wisconsin’s most-visited state park, campground reservations fill up earlier each year. Before you make your reservation, make sure you have the following information on hand:
- Number of people AND vehicles in your party
- Number of campsites you need
- Number of nights you wish to stay
- Specific campgroups or even campsite numbers you desire (see maps)
- Credit card information
WI Parks Pass
All vehicles entering Wisconsin state parks must pay an admission fee. You can choose a daily, annual, or 1-hour pass. In-state licence plates pay $7, $25, and $5, respectively, while out-of-state plates pay $17.50, $35, and $5 for the same passes. You can purchase your pass when you get to the Park OR order yours by phone at 888-936-7463.