Devil's Lake Campground

Devil's Lake State Park

Devil's Lake is a very scenic 360-acre lake surrounded by 500-foot quartzite bluffs.  There are nearly 30 miles of hiking trails in the park and over 1700 named climbing routes in the bluffs, which provide an unparalleled opportunity for rock climbing in the Midwest!   Located just 40 miles north of Madison and a 3-4 hour drive from northern Illinois, the park is a very convenient destination for frequent club outings. 

The Chicago Mountaineering Club (CMC) normally conducts outings every other weekend at Devil's Lake from May through October using our private campground as a base camp.

CMC Campground at Devil's Lake State Park

The CMC has an arrangement with the Mountaineering Foundation of Chicago under which the CMC manages a private five-acre campground at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin.  CMC members and their guests may use the campground anytime they wish.  This is a tremendous benefit of being a CMC member, since the public campsites in the state park are often full and difficult to reserve during summer weekends. Non-members are welcome to use the campground while attending official CMC outings, as per the posted schedule on our website and Facebook page.

Please contact the CMC Outings Chair if you are not a current member of the club and you would like to attend one of our outings.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all regular events are suspended until further notice. Members may still use the campground, however please be safe and respectful of other members while camping. The CMC board will release a statement in the coming weeks with further details on COVID mitigation efforts and guidelines to resume safe outings.


CMC Campground at Devil's Lake Campfire Ring CMC Restrooms

Campground Amenities

  • Private 5-acre campground
  • Separate men's / women's vault restrooms
  • Large, community campfire ring and bench seating area
  • Picnic tables
  • No running water

Campground Fees


  • CMC member: $25 annual fee or $10 per weekend
  • Non-member: $20 per weekend
  • Spouse of member: same as member
  • CMC member's children under 18 years: free

Links

Official Devil's Lake State Park website.

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