Devil's Lake, Baraboo

Devil's Lake, Baraboo


Site Review by
Date: 07/09/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Anonymous Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Reef:    3.00
State:   Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    5.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.95
While visiting family in Wisconsin, I stopped by Devils Lake for a dip off the north shore. Viz was much better than I expected at about 20-25 feet, though became worse if my dive buddy and I got too close to the bottom and kicked up the sediment. I normally dive in Florida, where I live, and had very low expectations for this dive, but I'd come back if I were visiting again. Most interesting were the very abundant and inquisitive fish: they seemed to have no fear of us and came right up to our masks, checking us out. Saw at least four varieties of fish (sorry I am not a fresh water fish expert, so unsure of exactly what they were, though some looked like bass and others like sunfish) and freshwater snails. Someone placed a 'directional' sign with arrows showing distances to Cozumel, Roatan and a couple of other diving sites at about 20 feet of depth: very funny. The boulders and freshwater grasses also create interesting 'architecture' on the lake floor. We went no deeper than 25 feet and temps were mid-70's to low 80's in early July 2010. Again, if I return to the area anytime soon, I will dive this place again. One note: 3 Devil's dive shop in Baraboo has closed so you'll need to get tanks in Madison. I picked up mine at Fontana's off of Mineral Point Rd. on the west side of town.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2010
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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