Devil’s Lake State Park is the most visited State Park in Wisconsin, and it is no wonder!! Years ago, we camped at Devil’s Lake and it was one of our all-time favorite spots. Obviously, everyone loves Devil’s Lake because this year we could not make reservations for the week we wanted to camp, so we camped about 20 minutes away at a private campground.
We spent a day at Devil’s lake during our vacation, even though we didn’t camp there. It is an excellent day trip! Our day started by going to the South Shore. We went into the camp store and picked up at park map, then the boys headed out on a hike. I had an injured shoulder so I had to sit this hike out, or at least take an easier route.
They headed up the Balanced Rock trail which is just under a half mile but it is straight up hiking up uneven rocky staircases.
It was a hard climb but it resulted in beautiful views. Devil’s Doorway trail was an easy loop after completing Balanced Rock. Even though these types of hikes are difficult, and maybe there was some complaining, both boys were super proud of themselves when they go to the top.
At the top they took East Bluff trail, which is almost two miles. There are a few tight spots and stone steps, but again the view is just unforgettable!
I parked the truck on the North Shore and headed to meet them on the East Bluff trail. My hike consisted of ascending stone steps and beautiful views.
When we met they were exhausted but happy they did the hike, and immediately said “Let’s go swimming!” it was a very hot day!
My favorite part of Devil’s Lake State Park is the beach and the lake. If you read our blog enough you know what a beach lover I am!! Well, a Wisconsin beach in August is just as beautiful as a Florida beach. There were kayaks, paddle boards and paddle boats to rent.
We swam, kayaked, ate ice cream, shopped at the camp store (one of the BEST camp stores in state parks or private campgrounds EVER!!) and had a picnic!
Make sure that Devil’s Lake State Park is on your list of places to visit on your summer vacation.