OUTDOOR RECREATION


If outdoor recreation is your scene, Baraboo has you covered. Located next to Wisconsin's most popular state park - Devils Lake - and a few short minutes from Mirror Lake State Park, you  can take advantage of these immaculately maintained and respected gems of our community. Or you may choose to take a trip down the Baraboo River, one of the longest stretches of open river in the county.

Baraboo River

 
The Baraboo River at most times is a slow, shallow river with areas of shallow rapids. Under normal conditions, the Baraboo is a fairly easy river to paddle by canoe or kayak. If the water is too low, you can find yourself getting hung up often and needing to get out and walk around shallows. However, at other times, when the water levels are higher, the river can be quite swift and should not be paddled by anyone other than experience paddlers. At all times, it is important to be alert to changing conditions and aware that the current can be quite strong in places. There are sections of Class I rapids in the Baraboo city limits area.

Most land along the river is privately owned. Respect private property rights along the banks. No camping is allowed along the river, but public and private campgrounds are available nearby.

Access Points & Parking:

  • County Road DD, just south of State Highway 136 bridge in Rock Springs
  • Fireman's Park in North Freedom
  • Giese Park on Hatchery Road (via State Highway 136 or Lover's Lane)
  • Haskins Park in West Baraboo
  • Attridge Park in Baraboo
  • Statz Park in Baraboo, Glenville Landing at State Highway 113

View a map of the Baraboo River here.

Devil's Lake State Park

 

Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.


Admission Stickers:
Resident Daily - $8.00
Non-Res Daily - $11.00
Senior Resident Daily - $3.00
Resident Annual - $28.00
Non-Res Annual - $38.00
Senior Resident Annual - $13.00
One Hour - $5.00
A second annual pass is available at a discount. Prices may change.

Park Hours:
6:00 am - 11:00 pm daily.
Only registered campers at or in route to their campsites are allowed in the park after 11:00 pm.

Camping Rates:
Nightly Rate for Wisconsin Residents is $20.00
Nightly Rate for Non-Residents is $25.00
Electrical Sites - Additional $10.00 per Night


For more information on Devil's Lake State Park, please visit the following links:

Mirror Lake State Park

 
Mirror Lake State Park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals and a cabin for people with disabilities. The park concession stand near the boat launch sells ice and firewood, and also rents boats, bicycles, canoes and kayaks in season.


Admission Stickers:
Resident Daily - $8.00
Non-Res Daily - $11.00
Senior Resident Daily - $3.00
Resident Annual - $28.00
Non-Res Annual - $38.00
Senior Resident Annual - $13.00
One Hour - $5.00
A second annual pass is available at a discount. Prices may change.

Park Hours:
6:00 am - 11:00 pm daily.
Only registered campers at or in route to their campsites are allowed in the park after 11:00 pm.

Camping Rates:
Nightly Rate for Wisconsin Residents is $20.00
Nightly Rate for Non-Residents is $25.00
Electrical Sites - Additional $10.00 per Night


For more information on Mirror Lake State Park, please visit the following links: