Baraboo, Wisconsin

Devil’s Lake State Park – Other reviewers at

September, 2014

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars



Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This is a very large park, but since we arrived after the Labor Day
madness it was very quiet.  No road noise to speak of, but there
was an occasional train passing nearby during the day.

Road and site access/type?
Roads are paved and nice.  Most sites are gravel or grass, but we
lucked out and got a paved one.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Spacing between sites is generous, but most sites are terribly out
of level – we drove through and searched quite a while before
finding one that would be usable for the six days we planned to

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
This park has good 50-amp power, but no water or sewer at the
sites.  We’re finding out how long 100 gallons fresh water will last.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, and firewood was sold at the office and cheaper around the
area outside of the park.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
Bathrooms are OK and clean, but the showers have no benches
and only one hook on the door.  Where am I supposed to put my
stuff while showering, on the floor of the shower?  Big ding for
this failure.  There is no laundry room.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
No pool of course, but this is a family- and pet-friendly state
park for sure.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
One of the draws for us was the multitude of hiking trails going
right out of the park and connecting to the “Ice Age” trail system.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
There was a decent grocery store and a Walmart Supercenter about
10 minutes away in Baraboo.  It’s a small town and doesn’t have a
lot of other stores or services.

BIG RIG WARNING:  Due to many low-hanging tree branches, I cannot
recommend that folks with tall rigs come here.  There are two camping
areas, but we flatly turned down the site assigned to us in the Northern
lights section after driving over there for a look.  Would it kill these
people to trim the trees now and then?  When we looked at the Quartzsite
section, we found fewer low-hanging branches – although our roof still
got scraped several times on the way in.  But it is a nice park, especially
for hiking, if you’re able to get into it.

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