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Fun Things to Do at Mirror Lake State Park WI

Mirror Lake State Park is a beautiful state park near Wisconsin Dells. There are tons of family-friendly things to do at Mirror Lake. Visitors will enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, picnics, camping, boating, and more. The park really has it all!

You’ll find 50 ft. sandstone cliff surrounding half of the 139-acre Mirror Lake with depths up to 19 feet deep. The sparkling lake recreation area is a great way to get your family out into nature.

It’s located only minutes from downtown Wisconsin Dells but you’ll feel like your in another world. Follow along and find out what you can’t miss on your visit to Wisconsin’s Mirror Lake State Park

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Fun Things to do in Mirror Lake State Park Wisconsin

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Mirror Lake Location

The state park is located only 3 miles south of Wisconsin Dells. It’s a quick and easy side trip to your Wisconsin Dells vacation. There is parking once you arrive at the park.

Amenities

There are several amenities at the Mirror Lake for visitors but they are pretty basic.

  • Bathroom facilities
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Concession Stand (by boat launch only)
  • Playground

Park Fees

To park at Mirror Lake State Park you will need a Wisconsin State Vehicle Admission Sticker. During COVID-19 there are no staff members at the park to sell stickers so you must purchase your vehicle sticker in advance.

To find out prices and purchasing one in advance go to this Wisconsin State Park link.

Things to Do at Mirror Lake State Park

Beach

There is a cute little beach at Mirror Lake. The water is calm and perfect for younger kids and older kids to swim. We saw many people brought small floats to use in the water too.

Next to the beach area, you will find a beach volleyball court and a playground. There are bathroom facilities close to the beach but no showers. Parking is located right by the beach.

Pack any food or drinks you’ll need as there is no concession stand at the beach area. Dogs are not allowed at the beach.

There are no lifeguards at this beach so keep an eye on your kids.

Playground

There is a nice playground located right next to the beach and bathroom facilitates. When we were there it was closed for Covid-19 so check if it is open when you get there.

Boating and Kayaks

Visitors can rent from the Concession stand small pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. There is a boat launch to get the kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards into the water easily.

With the water being so calm it is easy for families to paddle around Mirror Lake.

Fishing

Fishing is a fun activity in Mirror Lake State Park. Fisherman can find Northern Pike, Stocked Walleye, Largemouth Bass, bluegill, and a variety of panfish. The weedy areas on the side of the lake are good for fishing but you can also take boats out into the lake to fish.

The lake averages about 10 – 19 feet deep other than the weedy edges of the lake. They also offer Ice fishing in the winter.

Hiking

There are 28.4 miles of hiking trails at Mirror Lake State Park. You can hike on 15 different trails ranging from easy to Moderate. They are not any really difficult trails in this park.

We hiked two trails while we were at the park Lakeshore Trail and Echo Rock Trail.

Lakeview Trail

Is an easy walk along the lake and through a wooded area. To get to the trail you will see signs north of the beach and parking lot to follow. It ends at the boat launch area.

The trail is made of wood chips so not great for strollers or wheelchairs. Although you could probably push a jogging stroller.

Make sure to look in the water as you walk we saw a beaver swimming in this area. Check out his head popping out of the water in the picture above.

Echo Rock Trail

This path is a mix of wood chips and paved areas to walk. The start and end of the trail is paved but the middle is woodchips. There is a parking lot and bathroom facilities near the entrance.

Echo Rock Trail is a great path if your kids like to climb rocks. There is a cool outcropping of rock formations you can walk around and climb. You will also find nice views of the water.

The path through the woods is pretty and a nice family hike. It ends at a large bridge overlooking the water. If you continue over the bridge you will take the Inshnala loop trail. If you don’t then the Echo loop trail will take you back to the parking lot.

This was our kids favorite trail they really loved climbing all the boulders and the walk through the woods.

Here is the Mirror Lake trail map link to get a better idea of all the hiking trails.

Camping

Mirror Lake State Park Camping and Campgrounds

There are several options for camping at Mirror Lake from May to October. You can pitch a tent or park your RV. They also have ADA compatiable cabins to rent.

Toilet and Shower facilities area also available seasonally.

Another great place to camp in the area is the KOA Wisconsin Dells. It’s only 15 minutes away and has great amenities and offers campsites, RV’s sites, and a variety of cabins.

We loved the KOA! It’s only one mile from Downtown Wisconsin Dells gives you easy access to all the best Wisconsin Dell’s attractions and beautiful state parks.

Devil’s Lake State Park

Located close by Mirror Lake is Devil’s Lake State Park. This park is larger and offers two beach areas, a nature center, and larger cliffs to hike. It also tends to be more crowded than Mirror Lake but it’s absolutely beautiful.

If you’re in the area I would suggest trying both parks. Families could easily do both in one day. Find out more in our review of Devil’s Lake State Park.

Your family is going to love hiking Mirror Lake State Park and exploring the many trails, swimming at the beach, boating, fishing, kayaking, and camping. The park really offers a lot of things to do and the smaller size park allows you to explore it all.

More Things to Do in Wisconsin Dells Area

Wisconsin Dells is considered the Waterpark Capitol of the world and is filled with fun family activities. Plan ahead with our list of the Top 30 Thing to Do in Wisconsin Dells all Year Long. Everything from best waterparks, amusement parks, duck boat rides, miniature golf, shows, and more.

Downtown Wisconsin Dells is a hotbed of activity. Here you’ll find tons of family-friendly restaurants and shops. Kids will love the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Laser tag, arcades, and more throughout the downtown stretch.

There is even a pretty Riverwalk to stroll and see a close up of the famous Dell’s sandstone bluffs.

If you deiced you would rather stay at a local Waterpark Resort two of our favorites are the Wilderness Resort and Great Wolf Lodge. Both offer fabulous indoor and outdoor pools and tons of activities for the kids.

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Devil’s Lake State Park WI – Best Hikes & Tips

Devil’s Lake State Park is Wisconsin’s largest state park and one of the most visited State Parks in the Midwest. This stunning park boasts 500 ft. Quartzite Bluffs that overlook a sparkling 360-Acre Lake created during the Ice Age.

You’ll find tons of fun things to do in Devil’s Lake WI. Visitors can hike the bluffs & paths up to the famous Devil’s Doorway. Then take a swim at one of the two beautiful beaches. Enjoy a family picnic or exploring the small animals in the Nature Center.

Follow along for everything you need to know before you go to Devil’s Lake. Get directions, camping info, the food at Devils Lake and what to do in the area with kids. It’s a perfect day trip especially if you are staying in nearby Wisconsin Dells.

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Devil’s Lake WI – Best Hikes & Tips for Your Visit

Devil’s Lake Hours, Address & Directions

Hours

Devils Lake is open year-round from 6 am – 11 pm

Address & Directions

Devil’s Lake State Park is located in south-central Wisconsin and is only 3 miles from Baraboo & Wisconsin Dells. You will find brown and white signs pointing you to the State Park as you drive. Most routes will take you on I 90/94 and then exit to the local roads to arrive at Devil’s Lake.

The park gets very crowded in the summer months so I would suggest getting there early to grab a parking spot in one of the two lots.

Address for GPS: S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913

State Park Fees

All cars into the Wisconsin State Parks need to pay a vehicle sticker fee. Make sure to purchase your sticker when you arrive at the park and place it on your window before leaving your car.

A daily sticker ranges from $8 to $11. The fee is lower if you are a Wisconsin resident. If you plan to go more than once or explore other Wisconsin State Parks consider getting the yearly sticker. Find out more about the Sticker Fees here.

Park Map & Trail Map

Figure out where you are going before you arrive at the park with this Park Map and Trail Map. It helps guide us when we get to the park especially in the offseason when there are less staff to help you.

Devil’s Lake Hiking

Devil’s Lake boasts 29 miles of hiking trails made up of varying degrees of difficulty. Here are a few of our favorite hikes.

East Bluff Trail

Hiking in Devils Lake Sate Park

The East Bluff Trail starts at the North Shore Trailhead with an asphalt path that turns into stone steps. You will find several beautiful overlooks as you climb up to the top of the 500 ft Bluffs. If you do this whole trail it can take you up to 3.5 hours to hike. But you can turn around at any time or take different paths to shorten the distance.

If your looking for about an hour hike take the path to the first overlook to see Elephant Cave by Elephant Rock. It still has great views and a good workout but would be easier with kids.

Balanced Rock

To get to balanced rock you can continue on the East Bluff trail south or start at the South Shore for a shorter hike. To get to it from the South Shore park in the lot and take the paved sidewalk from the parking lot north. Then cross over the railroad tracks and follow signs to Balanced Rock.

This is a harder climb up steep stone stairs but it was doable for our kids’ ages 8 & 10. There are no handrails but you can take breaks on your hike up. Once at the top you will be on flat land. Visitors are rewarded with outstanding views of the lake and state park.

Devil’s Doorway

Devil's Doorway Hike in Devils Lake State Park

Devil’s Doorway is the iconic site of Devil’s Lake State Park. The massive stones have formed into what looks like a huge doorway with views of the lake.

To get to it follow the signs once at the top of the balanced rock trails. It will be a flat path for a while then you will head down a stone path to the Doorway. It’s pretty cool to see and if you make it all the way up to Balanced rock you might as well hike a little longer to this cool rock formation.

Tip: I would not do these hikes on rainy or snowy days as the rocks you need to climb will be slippery.

Tumble Rock Path

Tumble Rock Path Hike in Devils Lake WI

Looking for an easier path to take? The Tumble Rock Path is a paved 1.3-mile trail along the lake. It would take you about 2 hours round trip to hike it from north to south.

As you hike you can get great views of the lake and be up-close to the outcroppings of quartzite boulders. Have your kids search to see if they can find any “ripples” left in the boulders from when they were just sand at the bottom of a shallow sea.

Although the path is paved it is not always sooth and would be hard for wheelchairs and some strollers.

Hiking Tips: – Make your day of hiking easier with these simple Family Hiking Tips, Games, and Gear. Plus a free printable Hiking Checklist

Don’t forget to pack water bottles and snacks for your hike.

Below find some of our favorite hiking gear. I love the fanny pack to hold our water, phone, and snacks. No more back pain from carrying a big backpack full of water.

Devil’s Lake Beaches & Swimming

Beach area at Devils Lake State Park WI

Yes, you can swim and play in the sand at the beach while visiting Devil’s Lake. The two beach areas are located at the South Shore and North Shore visitor center areas.

Both locations have bathrooms and changing areas for swimmers. You can also rent kayaks and small boats to take out onto the lake. Make sure to bring your own chairs and sand toys.

Make your day at the beach less stressful with these 20 Hacks to Survive a Day at the Beach with Kids.

They do not have beach chairs to rent so make sure to bring your own chairs, beach blankets, sand toys, and sun umbrellas to enjoy the day. Here are a few of our favorite things to bring to the beach.

Concessions & Facilities at Devil’s Lake

There are three concession areas at Devil’s Lake. You’ll find them at the North & South Shore plus a Camp Store with food at the lower Ice Age Campground.

After labor day the South Shore concession is closed but offers food and ice cream in season. The historic North Shore Chateau is open all year and has both food and a store to shop. ‘

Another option is to bring your own food. Visitors will find grills and picnic tables on both the North and South Shore. There are also lots of places to throw down your blanket for a picnic along the lake with beautiful views too.

North Shore

The north end of the lake is referred to as the North Shore and has the most amenities, a beach area and a large parking lot. Here you’ll find the North Shore Chateau Restaurant, shop and ice cream with seating that overlooks the lake. Bathrooms and changing facilities can also be found here.

In summer months there are outside snack areas and seating close to the beach entrance. Plus Kayak and boat rentals.

South Shore

This area has a more open space feel to it overlooking the long beach area. Spread around the grass area you will find grills, benches and picnic tables. There is also a playground area for the kids.

In the summer months, you can also buy food, drinks & ice cream. Plus rent kayaks for the lake.

There are bathroom facilities, changing rooms and a large parking lot.

Tip: You can find hiking trails from both the North and South sides of the lakeshore.

Nature Center

Give the kids a break from hiking by visiting the Nature Center located near the North Shore entrance. This facility offers hands-on activities for the kids and teaches families about the history of the state park. Learn how the glaciers affected this area during the ice age.

Kids will enjoy looking at small animals like fish, turtles, and snakes. Downstairs kids will find a play area best suited to younger children. It’s also a great place to ask any questions you may have about Devil’s Lake.

The Nature Center is open 9am-4 pm daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. From Labor Day to Columbus Day it is only open Thursday – Sunday. The rest of the year it may be open in the winter on weekends but you will have to check.

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Camping at Devil’s Lake

Camping is extremely popular at Devil’s Lake. There are three campgrounds with a total of 423 family campsites. In season these sites book up quickly so I suggest reserving your site in advance. There are only 10 first come first serve reservation sites available.

If the campsites fill up there are a few local campsites located close by you might like. There is even one with a big lake filled with blow-up slides for the kids. Check here to get more campsite locations.

There is also a really nice KOA about 25 minutes away in the Dells. The KOA Wisconsin Dells is only 1 mile from downtown and is right in the middle of everything you’d want to see. They have campgrounds, RV sites, and cabins.

Mirror Lake State Park

Located only minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park is Mirror Lake State Park. It’s a smaller park but offers tons of fun family activities. Visitors will enjoy the pretty hikes, beach area, and camping.

What makes it different from Devil’s Lake is the pontoon boat rentals and boat launch area. There is also great fishing with a variety of fish to catch.

Where to Stay in the Area

The Devil’s Lake State Park is only minutes away from Wisconsin Dells and all the amazing resorts and hotels. The state park would make a great day trip from any of these resorts when you need a break from the waterparks.

If you want to find a good deal look at our favorite hotel website booking.com. I love all the great reviews and pictures of the hotels.

Two of our favorite waterpark resorts are the Wilderness Resort and Great Wolf Lodge. Both are unique in their own way and offer fun indoor and outdoor waterparks plus fun activities like laser tag, Arcades, MagiQuest & more. Find out if they’re right for your family in our review & tips for visiting Wilderness Resort & Great Wolf Lodge.

Things to Do in the Area

Whether your camping at Devil’s Lake or staying in Wisconsin Dells you’ll find tons of fun things to do in the area. A real benefit to this state park is it’s proximity to great family activities. Families can take a ducks boat tour, visit museums, amusement parks, shows, skiing, hiking and more.

Get some ideas in our 30 Best Things to do in Wisconsin Dells All Year Long and the Best Downtown Wisconsin Dells Attractions.

Are you ready for a fun family day at Devil’s Lake State Park? Hopefully, this guide has you prepared with everything you need to know from beaches to hiking to camping. Our family really enjoyed our day at Devil’s Lake and I hope yours will too!

If you have any questions or great tips of your own please let them in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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