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Mirror Lake State Park

E10320 Fern Dell Rd, Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913 USA

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This state park is a true hidden gem, the kind that is so much more than expected, especially for anyone roadtripping through. It’s remote but incredibly well maintained, and has great amenities like playgrounds and picnic sites and camping all throughout. The lake is appropriately named; Hiking around it, you’ll see how the water perfectly reflects the green hills and forests. It was the kind of place we were still talking about as a highlight at the end of the trip.

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“a state park with a frank lloyd wright cottage for rent”

This park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. Just three miles from Wisconsin Dells, Mirror Lake is also close to Devil's Lake, Rocky Arbor and Buckhorn state parks.The park's 2,200 acres has three picnic areas (one with a shelter and all with grills); wooded campsites; bike, boat, canoe, and kayak rentals; a cabin for people with disabilities; and the Seth Peterson Cottage designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Only slow, no-wake boating is allowed.

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Reviews of Mirror Lake State Park

18 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.5 Access
4.7 Location
4.5 Cleanliness
4.1 Site Quality
3.9 Noise

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Reviewed by
Dick & Dorene

  • 61 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
April 14, 2017
Rated 4.0

Perfect base camp for Wi Dells and Baraboo Rec Areas
Most recent stay was 7/17/16 thru 7/22/16 - I'm "late" in posting my review

The layout of the campground is such that the restroom/shower buildings are easily accessible from your campsite, but not immediately adjacent. One restroom/shower building serves about 15 campsites. They have 2 each 2 shower stalls, sinks, and toilets. Push button/auto shut off showers so- you gotta keep pushing to get more water. We’ve camped here 8 seasons now [family reunion getaway occupying 7 sites] and sad this this year they removed the paper towels [only air dryers] as we used them to clean up our area around the sinks when done. Now they stay messy longer as they’re cleaned only once per day. Each stall is private with locking door and large enough to use to dry off. There is 1 hook on the inside of door but now where else [wish there were more] also there is a long bench just outside of the shower stalls which is handy but no shelves for your stuff.

Reasonably priced park considering it’s near the tourist vacation destination area.. All campsites have gravel pads but the interior roadways are paved. Sites are very roomy with lots of vegetation between sites for privacy and all among many trees for welcomed shade during hot summer months. Some sites are dry camp others are electric only no sewer hookups, but there is a dump and potable water fill station near park entrance. Also water spigots are in every loop and is no problem getting water. Lot’s to do all around and Wi Dells is only minutes away – Google Wisconsin Dells and you’ll see it truly is a vacation destination – boasts to have more waterslide parks than anywhere else in the USA.

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Reviewed by
st4boys

  • Road Warrior
  • 10 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
July 29, 2014
Rated

Nice campsite but very buggy

1 person found this review helpful
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Reviewed by
Campendium

October 14, 2016
Rated

We love staying here for many reasons. Clean campground, friendly hosts, great hiking trails and excellent access to Wisconsin Dells. There are many great sites to choose from. Good tree cover and lots of space between campsites.

Later summer the lake does get a lot of green algae on it so for swimming it isn't the best.

If your looking to stay close to WI Dells this is the best place to choose. Only about 4 minutes to all the attractions.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 8

Site Number: 115

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
Dick & Dorene

  • 61 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
April 14, 2017
Rated 4.0

Most recent stay was 7/17/16 thru 7/22/16 - I'm "late" in posting my review

The layout of the campground is such that the restroom/shower buildings are easily accessible from your campsite, but not immediately adjacent. One restroom/shower building serves about 15 campsites. They have 2 each 2 shower stalls, sinks, and toilets. Push button/auto shut off showers so- you gotta keep pushing to get more water. We’ve camped here 8 seasons now [family reunion getaway occupying 7 sites] and sad this this year they removed the paper towels [only air dryers] as we used them to clean up our area around the sinks when done. Now they stay messy longer as they’re cleaned only once per day. Each stall is private with locking door and large enough to use to dry off. There is 1 hook on the inside of door but now where else [wish there were more] also there is a long bench just outside of the shower stalls which is handy but no shelves for your stuff.

Reasonably priced park considering it’s near the tourist vacation destination area.. All campsites have gravel pads but the interior roadways are paved. Sites are very roomy with lots of vegetation between sites for privacy and all among many trees for welcomed shade during hot summer months. Some sites are dry camp others are electric only no sewer hookups, but there is a dump and potable water fill station near park entrance. Also water spigots are in every loop and is no problem getting water. Lot’s to do all around and Wi Dells is only minutes away – Google Wisconsin Dells and you’ll see it truly is a vacation destination – boasts to have more waterslide parks than anywhere else in the USA.

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Dick & Dorene would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $44.00

Days Stayed: 6

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4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
Mark & Heidi

  • 140 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 01, 2019
Rated

This state park is easy to get to right off I94 by Wisconsin Dells. It’s a bit pricey for non-residents. We paid $46 which included $35 non-resident and $11 non-resident daily entrance fee. On the drive to our site, roads were tight but doable with a Class A. All sites are wooded. Sites are gravel pads and not level for big rigs but should be ok for trailers. Site included electric 30amp, picnic table and fire ring. The shower house by our site was large and clean and included 3 large free showers. We hiked on the Echo Rock trail (1 mile) which went near the lake. At night, we could hear the interstate highway traffic.

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Nightly Rate: $46.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 62

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
lukepasterski

  • 118 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 22, 2019
Rated

We arrived to find our site had electric, which was just installed and the map was not updated yet. The campground was well kept and had convenient water fill and dump stations. The campground site were spaced apart and had vegetation between most sites, which offered privacy.

The lake was nice to canoe on. We went to Ishnala restaurant, which is a historic supper club overlooking the lake, the food was great, but the prices were high.

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Nightly Rate: $20.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 97

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
jeffnichol1

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 15, 2020
Rated

Spent 4 days and 3 nights at Mirror Lake SP. Ended up in a double site (106/107) because that was all that was left with electrical hookup and we made use of the second site for family members in a tent. Nicely shaded site, pretty level - maybe a little low if it were wet. No mosquitos but did end up with a tick after a hike one day. Nice hiking trails with a good variety of terrain, nothing too strenuous - our favorites were the Ishnala and Echo Rock trails, but they all were enjoyable. Small lake suitable for paddling, swimming and fishing. Only negative was the highway noise that was noticeable when sitting outside. Very close to the Wisconsin Dells and all that it has to offer if that's of interest to you.

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jeffnichol1 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 107

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
2 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

July 01, 2020
Rated

My family and I recently purchased a travel trailer and, unlike our inaugural excursion in a RV "resort," where we felt captive in a noisy fishbowl, we appreciated the solitude that Mirror Lake State Park offered. Nestled right outside of the Wisconsin Dells, approximately one mile from Interstate 39, the park is secluded in the Baraboo Bluffs to feel like you're in nature yet close enough to civilization for any last-minute needs or access to food, water, medical, et cetera.

The campsite area itself was in a cul-de-sac, which I appreciated. The RV spot was nice with ample room to maneuver the trailer. The electrical service (30 amp) worked great. The tent pad for the kids was large and flat and there was plenty of shade without feeling as if we were in a rain forest.

Overall, the camp was busy but not to capacity and there was no issue renting kayaks and paddle boards. The amenities at the park are what one would expect -- showers, toilets, pit toilets, boat launch, water points, duping station, and electrical hookup for the RV. The restrooms/showers were clean -- the park was clean. The park itself has hiking trails, a paved trail that allows for easy access for everyone, and the views of the lake and bluffs are great.

I will certainly be visiting Mirror Lake again!

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 0

Site Number: 138

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 27 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 27, 2020
Rated

The crown jewel of the Wisconsin state park system is arguably Devil's Lake. It's huge, with 3 different campgrounds, it has a wonderful lake and all the concessions you need. It has great trails for all levels of difficulty. But it's also hugely popular, and there's hardly a weekend when it isn't very crowded. Not very conducive to social distancing. But there's a hidden gem just a few miles away.

Mirror Lake State Park is all of that in a much more compact package and a fraction of the crowds. Plus, it is closer to Wisconsin Dells and all of the attractions therein. It has the same geological features as the Dells. Rent the watercraft of your choice (including pontoon boats) from the concession. There is a classic Wisconsin supper club (Ishnala) within walking distance from the campground. Add in a beach and a fishing pier, and everything you need is there. All of the campsites are shaded and most are fairly secluded. I think our spot, 77, was the best one in the park, with our nearest neighbor more than 30 feet away. The Cliffwood loop is closer to the interstate, so noise may be an issue there. The Sandstone Ridge loop is further away and noise was minimal.

The sanitary station has been upgraded recently and it features two fresh fill lines and two dump lines with plenty of waiting room. A minor disappointment was the firewood. It came in small, wrapped bundles for $6 each. We went to another state property later and was able to get twice as much wood for $5.

In all, it's a very relaxing park where you can do as much or as little as you want. It's on our regular rotation.

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roadtripper949884 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 77

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Verizon 5G

Reviewed by
kspenglermoore

  • 33 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
September 05, 2023
Rated

We were here for Labor Day Weekend. The town of Wisconsin Dells was absolutely crowded, but the camp ground did not feel over crowded yet pretty close by.
I really loved the fact, that we were able to "retreat" to "our" fairly quiet campsite after going to town for a meal and a boat ride.
The campground, we were in the Sandstone Ridge loop, is located in a beautiful forest. We could see our neighbors through the vegetation, but it did not feel crowded. We did not use our Starlink system due to the trees, but we were able to stream on our Verizon hot spot. FYI we did not see a single site where solar could generated much. If you need power please make sure to read the rules on generators or get a site with power!
It took an extra few adjustments to get our 33 ft 5th wheel backed in to get the trailer positioned just right to be able to use all 3 slides. We ended up with a tree between 2 slides, lol.... Surprisingly we were "in the bubble" in that spot and our self leveling system did the rest.
The size was gravel mixed with dirt. It had the obligatory lantern post, picnic table and firepit. Great fire wood was available right next to the camp host site. The campground hosts were visible and seemed to be checking on things regularly.
The campsite was free of trash, the fire pit had been emptied, the rest rooms were older (could use a bit TLC), but seemed to be getting regular attention. There were also a few vault toilets around (no lights at dusk!).
We went to the beach with our family. During the day it was super crowded as we saw while hiking, but after dinner it was perfect.
The park has a hiking and biking trails, boat launch, swim beach, playground near the beach, a picnic area near the beach, an ADA cabin, campsites sites with electric and sizes without split into 3 loops, a few group sites, some hike in sites.
I really likes that the "day use area" aka picnic area, play ground and beach are located on their own loop. The boat ramp has it's own area too. So people coming to the beach area or the boat launch did not have to go through the camping area.
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As in cost the Wisconsin's State Park system is different from many other states: Every car needs a daily or anual vehicle permit. For us out-of-staters (it goes by the vehicle tag) it was $38 (anual for the calendar year or daily $11). Then we pay $5 more per campsite per day as non-residents. For electric sites it is $35 per night and because it was Laborday two of our nights cost $37 for the site plus a reservation fee of $7.95.
So for 4 nights we paid $38 for our truck, $144 for our campsite plus the $7.95 reservation fee. That is $189.95 aka $47.48 for a 30 amp site (but to be fair the next RV park is a bunch more $$$ for a site with water/30 amp, but with much less room.)
A two lane portable waterfill stations and two lane dump station are available near the entrance of the park as are the multiple dumpsters. There also water fill points (to fill jugs etc) in the camping loops.

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Nightly Rate: $47.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 63

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Mirror Lake State Park

E10320 Fern Dell Rd
Baraboo, Wisconsin
53913 USA
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  • Mon: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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