Devil's Lake State Park is located in southern Wisconsin, between the towns and cities of Madison, Wisconsin Dells, and Baraboo. The park was constructed as part of the early 1930s and ‘40s Civilian Conservation Corps movement and stands as one of Wisconsin’s largest state parks. The state park lies on the northern shoreline of Devil’s Lake, the main attraction for many of the sate park’s visitors. This giant natural lake and the picturesque scenic beauty of the park makes it an ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made even easier with both Highway 12 and Highway 113 running along its western and eastern fringes.
Rent a camper near Devil’s Lake State Park, and you too can soak in this idyllic landscape, whether it’s the fantastic fishing and boating on Devil’s Lake or rock climbing on the Baraboo Hills surrounding the park, there is something for all. Search for an RV in Sauk County and see what Devil’s Lake State Park can offer you.
One of the biggest draws for RV camping at Devil’s Lake State Park is the fantastic natural lake: Devil’s Lake. The lake hosts some of the best fishing in all of Wisconsin, and it is easy to see why thousands of fishermen and women return every year. The lake is home to a massive verity of fish species, unmatched anywhere else in the state. Devil’s Lake State Park campers can try their hand at catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, bullhead catfish, Iowa darter, pike, and yellow perch - this list is endless. Though powerboats are not allowed on Devil’s Lake, electric motors are. Campers can find excellent fishing from the southern shoreline, where they can fish right off the sidewalks.
Although gas-powered boats are not welcome on Devil’s Lake, there is no reason why state park campers can not enjoy themselves out of the water. The crystal clear water of this ancient lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboards, and rowing boats. Accessing the water with any of these is made even easier with the public boat ramp on the eastern shore of the lake. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to either the north shore concessions or the south shore concession. Campers can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard here for a small fee. Specialized kayaks are also available here for people with disabilities.
Those who wish to find their adventure on dry land and away from the lakeside can do so at Devil’s Lake State Park. The state park itself is crisscrossed by mile after mile of hiking and bicycling trails, each offering scenic views of the surrounding Baraboo Hills. The makeup of the surrounding hills offers many ‘bluffs’ and boulders, ideal for rock climbing and bouldering for the more experienced. The ‘Devil’s Doorway Trail’ is easy to moderate trail that can be attempted by even the most inexperienced hikers. This trail also offers fantastic views of Devil’s Lake below.
Camping at Devil’s Lake State Park
Those camping with an RV at Devil’s Lake State Park will be more than accommodated by their fantastic facilities and amenities. The park has three campgrounds consisting of a total of 423 sites. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups are supplied here. Facilities include a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, picnic tables, and an onsite general store. Pets are more than welcome on the Devil’s Lake State Park campgrounds but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative campground too that of the state park’s sites is the ‘Wheelers Campground’ just west of the state park. Here, full hookups, including water, sewer, and electric are again provided. Facilities include a dump station, an RV storage unit, and a launderette service. Many of the sites here are pull-thru, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome.
Exploring the Area
Campers exploring the wider area should not miss an opportunity to visit the Wisconsin capital city of Madison. Madison is home to a wide variety of sight-seeing and day-tripping opportunities for the entire family, whatever their tastes. The ‘Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ is a sight not to be missed when in the city. The gardens were first established in 1952 and have long become a landmark of Madison as a whole. Comprising of several separate areas, the gardens are a horticultural and landscape gardener’s dream. Each area is designed with a theme in mind, be that a ‘traditional English garden’ or a Thai garden containing a traditional Thai Pavillion.
Those with a taste for all things art and culture should make for the ‘Chazen Museum of Art’ in Madison. The museum is home to a wide range of art pieces, each on spanning a different era and genre of art. Highlight pieces in this museum are from famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Thomas Gainsborough, and many many more. Visitors can get a free guided tour of the Chazen Museum of Art, enlightening its treasures to both the expert eyes and those new to the world of art.
An unusual, yet entertaining visit must be made to the ‘National Mustard Museum’ in downtown Middleton, not from the city of Madison. This surreal and kitschy styled museum was the brainchild of one man, Barry Leveson. Opened in the early 1990s, the museum is home to thousands of jars of mustard and mustard related memorabilia. The main section of the museum is the shop, which offers free tastings of the mustard, and jars of mustard from around the world for sale. Entrance is also free, a must-see when in the town of Middleton.