Register April 3, 2017 For New Adventure Hikes At Devil’s Lake State Park


If you’ve wanted to explore deeper into Devil’s Lake State Park and the three state natural areas within it where there aren’t trails, the new guided Adventure Hikes are your chance. Register April 3, 2017 for five half- and full-day hikes April through October each limited to six participants to explore the park’s 10,000 acres.

  • Registration is required but admission is free.
  • Six participants per hike.
  • The debut hike in February booked in three days.
  • Don’t wait; register April 3, 2017 to secure your spot.

These two- to six-mile hikes are half or full days through challenging terrain and require you be in good physical condition and comfortable in the backcountry of the Wisconsin’s largest state park. Expect steep climbs, stream crossings and thick undergrowth with rewarding vistas and beautiful, rarely seen wilderness.

  • You’ll need to wear proper clothing and provide gear for wilderness hiking, plus a lunch and water. A list of preparations will be provided.

Hike descriptions and photos are at

  1. April 30, 2017: half-day, Black Bear Falls & Pine Hollow
  2. May 21, 2017: full-day, South Bluff Overlook
  3. July 23, 2017: full-day, Trek Across The Badger Prairie
  4. Aug. 6, 2017: half-day, The Hidden Village
  5. Oct. 8, 2017: full-day, Fall Color South Bluff Overlook

The publisher of the online Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor Guide, Derrick Mayoleth of Skillet Creek Media in Baraboo, Wis., leads these hikes. Derrick previously worked in the park for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and has spent more than 20 years exploring, photographing and promoting it. He’s also an experienced paddler and hiker who’s trekked around the globe. He’ll share natural and cultural history, tips for exploring further and his love for this park.

  • The two photos with this article are by Derrick.

Register and direct questions to Derrick at

The dates are subject to change before registration opens April 3 so check the Web site for updates.

You will need a 2017 Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker. Purchase in advance online here from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, where you can also donate to help keep Wisconsin’s state parks open. Or buy an annual or daily pass at the park entrances.


The Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast in Baraboo, Wis., is five minutes east of Devil’s Lake State Park.

After hiking pamper yourself with our…

  • Shiatsu massage chair
  • sauna
  • massage-therapy tubs for two in the Bird’s Nest and Bordeaux guest rooms
  • private in-room massage in Bordeaux and Secret Garden guest rooms
  • Massages and more at day spa Spa Serenity in Baraboo where our guests receive a 10-percent discount.


Select your guest room at or call us at 608-355-9899.

Summer and fall weekends often sell out early. Reserve your adventure weekend today.

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