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

Wisconsin’s largest state park offers grand views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a natural 360-acre lake.  A superb destination for pleasant walks or rugged hiking, a nature center, sandy beaches, bird watching and back-country solitude.  A year-round park with intriguing natural areas, the Ice Age Trail, and conservation lands in the surrounding Baraboo Hills.

Families can enjoy camping at one of over 400 different campsites.  Whether you are a simple tent camper or one who prefers to rough it in style, the park has campsites with 50-amp electrical service.  To book your reservation visit www.wiparks.net or call toll free 1-888-WI-PARKS.

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

Another valuable resource is DevilsLakeWisconsin.com, which provides updates on park conditions and offers hiking tours.

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.

Mirror Lake State Park has 151 family campsites in three separate campgrounds with seven group sites. The campgrounds at Mirror Lake State Park are predominantly wooded with beautiful pines and oaks making up most of the woods. Campsites are nicely separated with many sites convenient for multiple sites camping together. Electric sites are very popular throughout the summer and fall camping seasons. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table and sand tent pad.

The park also has an accessible cabin for people with disabilities and a rental cottage that was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To book your reservation visit www.wiparks.net or call toll free 1-888-WI-PARKS.

For more information on Mirror Lake State Park, including fees and regulations please visit the following links: