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Devil’s Lake Campground is more rustic but beautiful, Devil’s Lake has campgrounds set up on the north shore and south shore. If you’re planning to visit the camp site during the summer then a reservation is a must, as the campground is first come first serve. The campground offers wooded electrical sites too. You can take a look at Devil’s Lake’s blog to see a summary of the camp site and pick your favorite. The campground has a little something for every adventurer from small to tall, with over 29 miles of mountain trails and 2 sandy beaches this place is sure to keep your group or family busy.
In the summer there is fun to be had scuba diving, hiking, swimming, biking, boating, and canoeing. Devil’s Lake State Park offers two large and comfortable beaches to frolic in with amenities like grills, picnic areas, and children’s play area with slides and climbing gym. The north shore gets more sun than the south shore but the sun lingers late along the south shore. The south shore can be a little rocky so to be a extra cautious things like aqua socks can keep your feet safe from nicks and cuts.
With over 29 hikable miles you’re sure to find adventure and endurance you might not think you had. Whether the hike is a solo trip to see how far you can go or a learning trip for the family or a group there will be wildlife to be seen along with fun to be had. The trails vary in levels of difficulty some have steep climbs, stairs, and descents, take a look at the trail map to see which is the right for the activity level and attendees you have in your group or family. You can see a picture of Miss Sarah here – helping with their big Monarch Butterfly Count!
Devil’s Lake has some of the best rock climbing sites in the Midwest. The park hires some of the best instructors, climbing guides, and outfitters for the job. Guides offer private or group anchors courses, climbing trips, boulding and even traditional lessons from the beginner to the experienced.
A visit in the winter is a little different than the summer but all the more adventurous. Activities range from snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking tours. When out snowshoeing you can travel anywhere you’d like just not on the ski trails, there are a lot of other trails for you to see instead of trekking close to or on the ski trails though. If you’re a beginner you can take a hike around the trails before heading out on your snowshoes to get the feel of the trail. If you have forgotten to bring your own snowshoes you can get a pair free at the north shore nature center.
Maybe snowshoeing isn’t your thing but skiing is, Devil’s Lake State Park offers 5 miles of cross country ski trails, check the conditions before heading out to ensure the safest route as conditions vary due to terrain, shade, sun, and steepness making some trails only one way. The park takes the time to pack the snow but do not mark the trails, you’ll be able to pick up a map or print it from the website.