The Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park (FRIENDS), Devil’s Lake Concessions Corporation (DLCC) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) have embarked on a plan to design and build a new interpretive education center. The project was originally identified in the master plan completed in 1982 by the WDNR. Since then, the project has had many starts and stops. In 2004, WDNR and the National Park Service Ice Age Trail staff identified 5 potential sites, with a focus on ice age interpretation and a strong connection to the Ice Age Trail. The project idea gained momentum recently with the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park and Devil’s Lake State Park Concessions Corporation partnering with WDNR Bureau of Parks staff to develop a state-of-the-art interpretive education center facility at Devil’s Lake State Park, expanding the facility program possibilities significantly from earlier planning efforts. GWWO, along with their design team partners, entered into a contract with the FRIENDS in October of 2018 to facilitate site selection, programming, and concept design for the proposed facility.
The proposed center will serve as an interpretive and outdoor recreation educational resource within Devil’s Lake State Park and will provide a virtual gateway to the entire Wisconsin State Park System and the Baraboo Hills region. The center will convey interpretive and recreational opportunities within the local community, region, and around Wisconsin; expanding the interpretive and education program beyond the park boundaries. It is anticipated that the new center may include, but not be limited to, the following items; interpretive exhibits, educational spaces, outdoor recreation exhibits, administration space for park staff, a café, gift shop, outdoor classrooms, nature play and outdoor interpretation space.
Thank you to all those that attended the public meeting held on April 3, 2019 at Baraboo City Hall.
No events are schedule at this time.
If you were unable to attend or would like to leave feedback on the project, please use the contact form below and/or take our survey.
The Building Committee (representatives of FRIENDS, DLCC, WDNR) identified the following goals for the project:
Provide immersive educational opportunities on the many aspects of Devil’s Lake State Park
Meet the basic needs of visitors (maps, Internet, park information, and restrooms) complementing existing functions within Devil’s Lake State Park.
Instill stewardship ethics in visitors.
Provide information for better understanding, experience, and use of the resources.
Function as the place a visitor can go to guide their experience/visit.
Function as a virtual gateway to the Wisconsin State Park System and the Baraboo Hills Region.
Our Affiliates Team
This project has been made possible by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park, Devil’s Lake State Park Concessions Corporation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Photograph by Patti Landmann
Friends of Devil's Lake
The Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that partners with park staff and volunteers to undertake special projects within the park. A key function of FRIENDS is to raise funds to supplement the park’s operating budget and expand program opportunities for park visitors.
Photograph by Celeste Jenkins
Devil’s Lake State Park Concessions Corporation
The Devil’s Lake Concessions Corporation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that provides a wide range of concessions throughout the park, from snacks and souvenirs to boat rentals, which enhance visitor experiences at Devil’s Lake. Profits earned through concessions sales and rentals are re-invested into the park, improving park facilities and contributing to operational and program needs.
Photograph by Rachel Nier
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.
Photograph by Rachel Nier