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Devil’s Lake State Park By Kayak

Have you wanted to try kayaking? A perfect opportunity for a first experience in a flat-water kayak is during one of three guided kayak tours in August at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., five minutes west of the Inn, and Mirror Lake State Park, in Lake Delton, Wis., 25 minutes north of the Inn. Both lakes are calm waters with minimal current, ideal for beginners.

You can rent kayaks at both state parks. Kayaks at Devil’s Lake State Park are available at the north and south shores’ concession areas for $25.00. At Mirror Lake State Park you can rent single, double, fishing and adaptive kayaks by the hour, half day or full day, details are here.

New this summer at Devil’s Lake State Park are 90-minute guided paddling tours of the lake to search for and learn about the lake’s fish, birds, mammals, geology and history. Before the tour the guide will spend 30 minutes gathering the group and explaining how to use a kayak.

Space in the Devil’s Lake State Park guided kayak tours is limited so register by calling the Chateau (North Shore Concessions) at 608-356-3381.

Kayaking a fast growing water sport. Nearly anyone, any age or ability, can paddle these lightweight, stable crafts. Learning how to get in and out, and paddling by rotating your torso are simple and quick techniques to master.

The sensation of quietly gliding atop the water from the gentle motion of your strokes on a peaceful lake or stream is transforming for many people. Come try it. But know that many who have now have kayaks on their cars!

Aug. 9 Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Reserve space by calling the Chateau (North Shore Concessions) at 608-356-3381.

Aug. 10 Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. A geological and historical paddle through time on this peaceful lake with your park guide. Meet at the boat launch. Call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

Aug. 23 Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Reserve space by calling the Chateau (North Shore Concessions) at 608-356-3381.

Buy a day or annual state park vehicle admission sticker as you enter the north and south shores of Devil’s Lake State Park and at the entrance of Mirror Lake.

Book a guest room at the only bed and breakfast adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park.

Call us at 608-355-9899 or click on the Check Availability box at the top of this page.

Learn more about Devil’s Lake State Park at the Visitors’ Guide Web site at For questions about Park events, call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected].

More Area Activities:

See our prior blog article below for area events Aug. 6–12, 2013.

Aug. 10–13: Perseid Meteor Shower:  Stay up late or rise early to snuggle with your sweetie at our campfire terrace to wish upon the falling stars and eat s’mores. The Perseids are usually best after midnight and increase in number before dawn.

Aug. 22, 23 & 24:  Historic Walking Tour of Baraboo, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Stroll through Baraboo’s historic downtown, following the Ringling brothers’ footsteps. Meet at the Coffee Bean Connection, 701 Oak Street, Baraboo. $7.00/person. Call 608-963-2821 with questions or visit

Aug. 22:  Mat’s Walking Tour of Baraboo 5:30 p.m., one-hour guided tour about Baraboo’s history. Meet at the Coffee Bean Connection, 701 Oak Street, Baraboo. $5.00/person. Call 608-963-2821 with questions or visit

Aug. 22:  Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 29, 2013. The University of Wisconsin Baraboo/Sauk County Campus/Community Band performs. Rain site is the Al. Ringling Theatre. Bring lawn chairs.

Aug. 22:  Lawn Chair Bat Watch at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 7:45 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Chateau, five minutes west of the Inn, to watch bats emerge from their houses and learn fun information about bats. Bring a lawn chair.

Aug. 22, 23 & 24:  Haunted Downtown Baraboo Walking Tour, 8:30 p.m., one-hour guided walking tour of Baraboo to learn about the spirits roaming the downtown, $7. Call 608-963-2821 with questions or visit

Aug. 23–24:  Taste Of Portage Market Fair, Portage, 20 minutes northeast of the Inn. 22nd year of this downtown event with food, live music, art and craft show, and car show. Details at

Aug. 23:  Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $10 per person for two pieces of fish and one piece of chicken with three side dishes. Dine inside or outside. Fridays June 7–August 30.

Aug. 24:  Witwen Concert At The Campground, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., County Road E, Witwen. Larry Busch Big Band with Cleo Ware, affectionately called the Buschwackers Swing Band, performs swing and ballroom-dance styles with a few other genres. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m., food for sale and you are welcome to bring a picnic supper. Bring lawn chairs. If raining the concert is held in the tabernacle on the grounds.

Aug. 24:  Big Band Dance In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park’s north shore Chateau, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance to the big-band sounds of The Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion. Tickets:  $10.00.

Aug. 24:  Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Every Sunday this summer stroll through antiques, vintage collectibles, handmade items like art and crafts, farm produce and food around the square.

Aug. 25:  Durward’s Glen Historical Tour And Open House at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, Baraboo, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Learn about life in the Baraboo Hills 150 years ago during a tour of the Glen by wagon ride with re-enacting members of the Durward family and enlightened neighbors. The recently re-released Anuls of the Glen, originally written by Wilfrid Durward, with a foreword by family historian James Gardener with new information about the Durward family will be for sale. Details at

Aug. 25:  Music In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. A free concert along the north shore sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.

Aug. 26:  Ben Olson Live at Con Amici Wine Bar, 126 Third St., Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. An easy sound and an incredible repertoire. Details at

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