Devils Lake Camping
Devils Lake has three campgrounds named… Quartzite, Northern Lights, and Ice Age. Of the three, our first choice would be Northern Lights since we feel it gives the best “wilderness” feeling without being too far away. That said, we have stayed in all three countless times and either will do just fine if there is limited availability.
When it comes to choosing an actual campsite you really cannot go wrong, but if we had our choice… we would suggest trying to be on the outermost ring, away from the road, but within close proximity to the bathrooms. Staying away from the road adds to the “wilderness” feeling and lets you get a good night sleep. At the same time, you want to be relatively close to the bathroom, but not right next to it so you get woken up every time someone walks past your site.
Because Devils Lake is such a beautiful location, it is very popular for all types of activities. During the peak season and around holidays, campgrounds fill up very quickly. As a matter of fact I am pretty sure Memorial Day and July 4th are already completely booked. Regardless, do your best to book in advance, as well as be prepared to make other arrangements in the case you cannot find a site.
Mirror Lake Camping
Your next best option for camping is Mirror Lake State Park, which is about a 20 minute drive further north right outside the Wisconsin Dells. To be completely honest, some of our guides prefer camping at Mirror Lake over Devils Lake so it is a great option if you do not mind the extra commute.
Mirror Lake has two primary campgrounds, both of which are very good and a lot less crowded then devils Lake. You also have a better chance of seeing wildlife at Mirror Lake. It is quite common to see a a deer or fox off in the distance, while you are hanging out around the campsite, which is always an incredible experience.
Devils Lake and Mirror Lake Reservations
The best way to make reservations for either Devils Lake or Mirror Lake are to call the their respective visitor centers directly or online through their websites. Note that you may only be able to make reservations up to 48 hours prior to your arrival so again, try to reserve in advance. The links are below:
As a third option, there is a private campground called Wheeler’s right outside of devils Lake. The owners of the property have lived and climbed at devils Lake for a very long time and you are basically camping in a huge backyard. It is slightly more expensive then the State Park campgrounds and although not many of our guides have stayed there, we have had numerous client’s stay there and have only heard good things. The link to Wheeler’s Campground is below:
Finally, picking your actual campground and campsite are not something to stress over. Whether you are at Devils Lake camping or elsewhere, at the end of the day, as long as you are with friends, have good food, a big fire, and a warm sleeping bag… any campground and campsite will provide the exact experience you are looking for!
We just want to try to give you as much information as possible to help narrow down your decisions based on our experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us for help or more information!!