A Complete Guide To Devil’s Lake State Park

The largest state park in Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park is about thirty-five miles northwest of Madison and is on the western edge of where the last glacier stopped, right in the heart of the River Country.

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It was originally a gorge of the Wisconsin River prior to the last ice age. At what is now the southern end of the lake, the river turned from a southerly direction to an easterly direction. During the ice age, a lobe of the glacier passed to the east of the Baraboo Hills and came up the river valley.

A Complete Guide To Devil’s Lake State Park

From Effigy Mounds to hiking trails, Devil’s Lake has so much to offer the person that simply wants to connect with nature.

History of Devil’s Lake State Park

First settled by pioneers in the mid-1800s, it became a vacation hot spot for the Chicago and Madison elite who wanted to escape city life.

A few hotels and homes popped up to cater to that crowd, leading to the park being founded in 1911. At that time it was home to five resorts, two of which were perched on the west bluff.

No trace of any of these hotels remains today as, by the 1940s, the hotels were all closed, and the park was retreating to its former natural self.

Whew – right?

How did that happen?

From 1934 to 1941, approximately two hundred members of the Civilian Conservation Corps resided in a work camp. These young men built many of the trails, buildings, and benches still in use today.

Isn’t it amazing how they could build things almost 90 years ago that are still holding up and the roads we build now are in need of repair in less than 10 years? It astounds me!

In 1974, the National Park Service declared the Southern portion of the Baraboo Hills a National Natural Landmark. The Nature Conservancy also designated it as one of the Last Great Places; it is one of only 77 of these places in the world.

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It has pretty much stayed the same through today – and enables us all tons of great ways to commune with nature.

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Is Devil’s Lake State Park Haunted?

With a name like “Devil’s Lake,” y0u would think there are tons of stories about people meeting their maker and coming back to either warn others about it or to bring them along with them.

There are a lot of stories about unique animal sightings, from a “monster in the lake” to even seeing a large alligator…even Bigfoot gets a turn.

My favorite? The 10-ton ghosts of Baraboo, who were said to be deceased ghost elephants that roamed the area. After all, Baraboo was the home of the Ringling Bros. Circus – and there is a long history of how those poor elephants were treated in circuses. (I am not saying there are specific allegations against Ringling Brothers).

As for human ghosts, there is the old hitchhiker that walks along the old highway 12 on the south-west side of Baraboo. If you don’t offer him a ride he will show up further down the road. And again…

If you stop for him, he vanishes.

He wears jeans and an old army jacket – let me know if you ever see him!

Of course with the effigy mounds across the parking lot from the nature center, there are rumors of Native Americans being spotted too.

Devil’s Lake Effigy Mounds

There are several different ones at Devil’s Lake, both shaped and linear. To be seen are a Bird, Panther, Bear, and Lynx.

Please remember that these are sacred spaces – used for either burial or ceremonial purposes and they are not meant to be walked on.

Many mounds were in the area and sadly ruined with that hotel building before the Great Depression. The ones that survived were not in the path of those buildings, parking lots, and play areas. That is what makes them so special.

Have no fear – the ones left are protected and people can learn more about them at the Devil’s Lake State Park Nature Center.

Devil’s Lake State Park Camping

Devil’s Lake State Park is more rustic but beautiful and has three campgrounds with a total of 423 sites that each accommodate a family of up to 6 people.

There are 3 main campgrounds at Devil’s Lake located on the north shore of the park and a group camp area on the south shore.

Quartzite & Northern Lights Campground map at Devil's Lake
Quartzite & Northern Lights Campground map at Devil’s Lake
Ice Age Campground map of Devil's Lake State Park
Ice Age Campground map of Devil’s Lake State Park
Group Camping Map for Devil's Lake State Park
Group Camping Map for Devil’s Lake State Park

If you hang with your friends and plan “group camping” then there are nine sites for you that can accommodate a total of 240 campers – they are on the south side.

There are no campgrounds near or on the shoreline of Devil’s Lake itself.

If you’re planning to visit the campsite then a reservation is a must, as they no longer have non-reservable sites. You can make your reservations 11 months in advance.

If you are a winter camper, the Quartzite campground is the one to look at. It is also the only one open in the winter, LOL.

camping at Devil's Lake

The campground offers wooded electrical sites too. You can take a look at Devil’s Lake’s blog to see a summary of the campsite and pick your favorite.

Devil’s Lake State Park Activities

The campground has a little something for every adventurer from small to tall, with over 29 miles of hiking trails and 2 sandy beaches this place is sure to keep your group or family busy.

Devils Lake Water Sports

In the summer there is fun to be had scuba diving, fishing, swimming, kayaking, boating, and canoeing. Keep in mind that when looking at boating – NO gas motors are allowed on the lake. It is mainly kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.

Devil’s Lake State Park Fishing

While I am not the best fisherman out there Devil’s Lake is known for being a good location. It has good depth, clear water, some rock structure, and an assortment of beautiful green weeds, and when added to the fact that each year the DNR stocks the lake with Brown trout? How can you go wrong?

Just make sure you have your fishing license and you are good to go year round.

Devil’s Lake State Park Swimming

Devil’s Lake State Park offers two large and comfortable beaches to frolic in with amenities like grills, picnic areas, and a children’s play area with slides and a climbing gym.

The north shore gets more sun than the south shore but the sun lingers late along the south shore. The south shore can be a little rocky so be a little extra cautious like wearing aqua socks can keep your feet safe from nicks and cuts.

It makes for a perfect place to cool off on a hot day – just read our section on dogs (below) before you let Fido join you!

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Devil’s Lake State Park Kayaking

With such a clear lake and good quality water, this is the perfect place to kayak! Especially since gas motors are NOT allowed on the Devil’s Lake.

Devil’s Lake State Park Kayak Rental

If you don’t have your own kayaks – they have you covered. Devil’s Lake State Park Concessions rents rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and standup boards. For more information including rates visit the concessions page.

Hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park

With over 29 hikable miles you’re sure to find adventure and endurance you might not think you had. Whether the hike is a solo trip to see how far you can go or a learning trip for the family or a group there will be wildlife to be seen along with fun to be had.

The trails vary in levels of the difficulty some have steep climbs, stairs, and descents, take a look at the trail map to see which is the right for the activity level and attendees you have in your group or family.

Keep in mind that there are rattlesnakes at Devil’s Lake State Park – should you encounter one on the trail, use your head and follow precautions.

Devil’s Lake State Park Trail Map
Devil's Lake State Park Trail Map

Devil’s Lake State Park Nature Center

The Nature Center offers a lot of different programs – for both adults and kids alike. You can sign up for a kayak tour or even help them with ecology.

Program themes include astronomy, snakes, skulls, worms, stories, beavers, rocks, spiders, Indian mounds, beetles, bird watching, bats, plants, geology, and more.

You can see a picture of Miss Sarah here – helping with their big Monarch Butterfly Count!

We love the Wisconsin Explorer Books that have nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes, and crafts.

You can also check out an Explorer backpack! These gems have magnifying lenses, bug boxes, pencils, crayons, and field guides to help your kids complete the activities in the books.

What an incredible way to help the kids connect with nature!

Devil’s Lake State Park Rock Climbing

Devil’s Lake has some of the best rock climbing sites in the Midwest. The park hires some of the best instructors, climbing guides, and outfitters for the job. Guides offer private or group anchors courses, climbing trips, bouldering, and even traditional lessons from the beginner to the experienced.

Golfing in the area

No, Devil’s Lake doesn’t have a golf course of its own, but there are three that are close by Baraboo Country Club in Baraboo, Fairfield Hills Golf Course & Range in Baraboo, and Devil’s Head Resort in Merrimac.

Devil’s Lake State Park Hunting

Yes, you can hunt at Devil’s Lake. You need to follow general safety precautions like wear the trusty blaze orange gear and know where you can and can not point that rifle.

Devil’s Lake State Park has over 6,400 acres of land that are available for hunting.

Devil’s Lake State Park in Winter

A visit in the winter is a little different than the summer but all the more adventurous. Activities range from snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, and hiking tours.

When out snowshoeing you can travel anywhere you’d like just not on the ski trails, there are a lot of other trails for you to see instead of trekking close to or on the ski trails though.

Devil's Lake State Park in Winter

If you’re a beginner you can take a hike around the trails before heading out on your snowshoes to get the feel of the trail. If you have forgotten to bring your own snowshoes you can get a pair free at the north shore nature center!

Maybe snowshoeing isn’t your thing but skiing is, Devil’s Lake State Park offers 5 miles of cross-country ski trails. Make sure to check the conditions before heading out to ensure the safest route as conditions vary due to terrain, shade, sun, and steepness making some trails only one way.

The park takes the time to pack the snow but does not mark the trails, you’ll be able to pick up a map or print it from the website.

Devils Lake State Park and Dogs

Let’s start with the obvious: dogs shouldn’t be left unattended and you should pick up the poop. Waste should be disposed of in dumpsters or trash receptacles.

Dogs are allowed in most campgrounds, trails, roads, and outlying areas of the parks. They must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet at all times, if they are not under control at all times, they can be seized and subject to local laws pertaining to stray animals.

ID tags are a good idea if your dog isn’t micro-chipped. If you do lose your pet you can contact the Sauk County Humane Society at (608) 356-2520.

Rabies could be a thing as there are wild animals like raccoons your pooch could come in contact with so make sure your pooch has all current vaccinations.

Other animals like deer, red fox, coyote, squirrels, and beavers. Black bears, cougars, groundhogs, and wolves have all been spotted at Devil’s Lake.

Pets are not allowed in the following places:

  • Buildings
  • Picnic areas and picnic shelters
  • Beaches
  • Playgrounds
  • Marked Nature Trails (Applies to Parfrey’s Glen)
  • No Pets are allowed on the ski trails when they are snow-covered.
  • The Devil’s Lake South Shore Picnic area, except on paved roads and walkways en route to areas where pets are allowed.

Of course, if your dog is a service animal, those rules do not apply.

Does your dog like to swim?

Devil’s Lake State Park has 3 official pet swim areas. 2 on a leash and one off-leash. The off-leash pet swim area is at the South Shore boat landing.  There is one “Pet Friendly” picnic area located on the north shore, east of the railroad tracks. Use the map below to find these locations.

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Restaurants Near Devils Lake:

I know not everyone camps or likes to make an entire day out of hiking or swimming at the park. Packing a picnic? Forget it! That is why so many people search out for restaurants in the area – to help make a day out of it on their own terms.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Log Cabin Family Restaurant

The prices are great and the portions are generous. Known for their soups and pies, you really can’t go wrong here. Yes, it is an oversized log cabin and they serve breakfast all day. 1215 8th St, Baraboo, WI 53913

Baraboo Burger Company

This is more of a sports bar & grill but has tasty burgers & pub grub. In the summer you can enjoy their patio. 116 4th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913

Gem City Saloon and Eatery

Like Pizza? This great hole-in-the-wall offers that and wings With a full bar available, it is the kind neighborhood hangout you will feel comfortable in. 124 Ash St, Baraboo, WI 53913

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How to Read a Topographic Map While Hiking

Why do you need to Read a Topographic Map? Unlike a simple trail map, topographic maps ideally reveal the terrain that you can expect to encounter on your trail. Topographic tools are essential tools for hikers as they can plan an entire trip with the help of a topographic map.

How to Read a Topographic Map While Hiking picture of a map

The map dramatically decreases your chances of any unpleasant surprises. The map includes steep mountain ascents, gently sloping valleys, and some of the fascinating points you pass by an area. The plan will give you a rough idea about the distance to reach a specific location.

How to Read a Topographic Map While Hiking

When you consult a topographic map before hiking, you can gauge the difficulty level of the hike and be prepared for potential adventures. A topographic map is one of the best tools you can have if you lose your bearings on a trail. You will need some basic understanding to utilize the vital information on the topographic maps fully.

Different forms of charts show three-dimensional landscapes that include elevations, contours, bodies of water and vegetation, and topographic features.

Why do you need a topographic map?

Simplified trail maps that include the JPEG images don’t include all that you might need on a trail. The plans don’t include any elevation data or magnetic declination and also have limited symbols.

Even if you get lost, the simplified maps won’t help you in finding your way out.  A topographic map offers plenty of information not only on distance and elevation but also on vegetation and human-made structures.

Parts of a topographic map:

Contour lines

The contour lines ideally show elevation. They are known as bread and butter when it comes to an understanding of a topographic map. It shows the layout of the terrain and also gives clarity of maximum features. The contour lines will show the changes in elevation and lay of the land.

It will also give you an estimate of what you will be walking through and how difficult the trail will be. The contour lines connect all continuous points that share the same elevation. The elevation is changing at shorter distances when you see contour lines close together, indicating a steep slope or a cliff.

The grade is gradual when contour lines are apart. You might notice that every fifth line is thicker than the others. Contour lines help you visualize the features and shape of the terrain. After understanding the contour lines, you can point to valleys, plateaus, mountains, and depressions.

Scale

Scale is known as the relative distance of the real-life map. The scale is found in the legend. It shows the ratio of real ground inches to map inches. You can understand the details of the plan by looking at the scale. If a topographic map has a scale of 1:12000, it shows a much smaller area than a scale of 1:24000.

When you are planning a route, it is essential to know how detailed your map is. The representative plate is also included in the charts that help you visualize the distances in kilometers that are more useful than measuring your hike in inches.

Legend

The legend is essential to understand how to read a Topographic Map. It contains some vital information, including:

Source data- It includes when and where the map was made. Ensure you check the map before buying, as it is essential to get some recent version possible.

Scale- It means the relative distance on the map.

Contour level- It means the change in elevation between the contour line.

Magnetic declination- It means the difference between fascinating truth north and north in the given area. It is essential to set up a compass before leaving for your trail as the magnetic declination varies from place to place.

Color key- The color key indicates the various colors used across the map to mark vegetation. The darker shades indicate denser vegetation, while the lighter colors indicate thin vegetation.

Symbol key- It indicates certain features, including rivers, pipelines, boundaries, roads, etc.

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Where to get the topographic maps?

You can get topographic maps from various sources. You can get topographic maps from local government companies or specialty companies.

How to Read a Topographic Map: Orient your map

You have to use your compass and map’s north arrow to orient your map. It would be best if you placed your compass flat on the map with it pointing to the top. Then you need to rotate yourself until you see the compass’s needle pointing north.

Look for your location on the map

You have to look around to identify nearby locations or features including mountain, river, road, or spur if you have to locate those features to find your position on the map.

Read the contour lines

You have to understand the contour lines that traverse the terrain that you might be covering on your trail. Always remember closer the lines, the steeper the landscape. You can sense gradual elevation where contour lines are farther apart. The concentric circles indicate the saddles between the peaks and peaks. If you see some concentric circles with tick-marked color, it suggests the depression in the landscape color.

a Topographic Map

Identify the landscape features on the topographic map

Landscape features include saddles, spurs, summits, and reentrants determined by contour line patterns on the topographical maps.

 ➢ Spurs- It is a landscape feature under which the land slopes on three sides and slopes downwards, only one side. You can easily identify catalysts by looking at the contour lines on the map.

Reentrants- This indicates an indentation on the mountainside. You can identify reentrants by looking at the contour lines that point against the natural mountain slope on the map.

Summit- The topmost region of a mountain is known as the summit. You can identify the conference on the map by locating the contour that is an innermost line from the set of concentric contour line ranges.

Practice deciphering contour lines by reading map features in a similar location- You have to visualize each similar picture and then see how the map’s contour lines represent each feature.

Get out on the trail with your topographical map- One of the best methods to learn map reading is by taking the topographical map along with you on a short hiking trail. So you can practice identifying landscape features and then find them on your plan as you start hiking. You should pay close attention to the arrangement of the contour lines for each element.

Thus a topographic map is a vital tool that helps you plan a route and be prepared and know what’s ahead of you. I am sure you will be able to do it easily with time if you practice map reading regularly.

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15 Awesome Camping Hacks That Work

Are you looking for camping hacks that will make the camping experience so much easier for you?

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We all love tips and tricks that make our lives easier – and this list of 15 gems is really a lot longer than that! Some of these babies have 10 tips inside them!

If you want to know more about how to stay warm, cool, dry, bug free, and out of the dark, then read on.

15 Awesome Camping Hacks That Work

The following camping hacks will make you a campsite professional this season. So make plans and read on….

Easy Fire Starters Camping

Camping is fun, but one needs to find an easy hack to get the fire started quickly and easily. The DIY fire starters that we talk about are not only simple but very effective. We touch on a few other campfire tips and tricks here too!

Learn about Easy-Fire Starters Camping here

Swedish Fire Log

Developed by the Swedish soldiers, the Swedish Fire Log is very easy to create and a must-know hack if you are serious about camping. It is a great way to make a fire or cook a meal.

Learn about Swedish Fire Log here

DIY Camping Lantern Hack

If you ever forget to carry your camping lantern, do not fret! The camping hack tip is a perfect DIY project to make your camping experience smooth. It is super easy and only takes a few things!

Learn about the DIY Camping Lantern Hack here

Craft Wrapped Walking Stick

Walking Sticks can be very advantageous for hikers, particularly because they reduce the strain and force of gravity on your lower extremities when hiking downhill.

Who knew?

It is a great idea to take a walking stick with you for a fun hike in the woods. To learn all about this enjoyable project and make a decorative stick for yourself you should check out this article.

Learn about Craft Wrapped Walking Stick here

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Camp Coffee

There are multiple ways to make camp coffee while you are backpacking or camping. We have talked about this before when covering what we thought were the best coffee pots. A lot of people think that a good cup of coffee cannot be brewed over a campfire; there are many methods to do so!

Learn ways to make Camp Coffee here

What should be in every Camper’s Cooler?

One needs to be well prepared when going on a camping trip. There are some things which must be included in every camper cooler.

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10 Camping Hacks for When it is Hot

Camping is always fun irrespective of the temperature. But it would help if you kept certain tips in mind to keep yourself safe in the trying weather. Here are some great ways to deal with that hot weather we often find ourselves out there in.

Here are the 10 Camping Tips for when it is Hot

10 Camping when Cold Tips

If you are not prepared for a winter camping trip, you will be uncomfortable and cold. Just keep these tips in mind to enjoy your camping in the winter months.

Here are the 10 Camping when Cold Tips

How to Camp when the Ground is Wet

Yup, it rains, and then we are often sitting there figuring out what we can do and how we can stay dry. A camping trip in the wet weather is quite enjoyable and not as challenging as many perceive it to be if you know how to deal with it. These are camping hacks you are going to need!

Learn How to Camp when the Ground is Wet here

 11 Tips for Camping with Toddlers

We love the littles and getting them out in nature is a great learning opportunity. Camping with toddlers can be fun, rewarding, and can become a bit chaotic if you do not keep certain tips and tricks in mind.

Here are the 11 Tips for Camping with Toddlers

 How to Camp with Dogs

Fun with Fido in nature? You bet!

Contrary to what people say, camping with dogs is never a stressful affair. Just follow the tips and bring your dogs on the next camping trip to enjoy it to the fullest.

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 Get the Black Streaks and Mildew off your Camper

Removing the black streaks and mildew off the camper can be a frustrating task, especially if you are not aware of how to do it. After all, don’t we want to keep our gear in the best shape possible?

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 How to Keep Bears away from your campsite

Bears may look good in the wild, but they aren’t really cute and fuzzy up close. Bears are always looking for things to eat so your task would be to find ways to get rid of the food smells from your campsite unless you want Ursine visitors.

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 Homemade Bug Spray

You can keep all the bugs at bay in the campsite with this homemade Bug Spray. It is stronger than the commercially available mosquito repellent but free from the harsh chemicals that we want to keep off of our skin.

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 Amazing Board Games to Instill a Love of Nature in your Children

Board games are great for families, and the kids love them when they are camping. These are great for those rainy days or just when you want to bring everyone together around the table. They will enjoy playing them as they soak in the beauty of the nature around them.

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The 5 Best Chairs for Camping Adventures

Best Chairs for Camping? There is nothing like sitting in front of a roaring campfire and toasting a marshmallow to perfection. It only sucks if you are in a camp chair where you can feel the leg supports poking your in the fanny.

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What is your primary concern when you are choosing a camping chair? Many would prefer to settle for a basic, fabric chair that is easy to carry around and simple to set up. However, there is more to an outdoor camping chair than just the bare necessities.

5 Best Chairs for Camping

The majority of the camping chairs are light in weight, and they do not take up much space. But do keep the following in mind while you are choosing a new camp chair. 

Camping Chair Things to Consider

Materials

First, take a look at the fabric of the camping chair. Most of the models available today have aluminum legs and a sturdy body frame. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion, so it is the right choice for the material as it prevents rust. 

Portability

Portability plays a significant role in determining which camping chair is right for you. One should look for light yet sturdy chairs that are easier to transport from one point to another. 

Weight capacity 

It is essential to check the camping chair’s weight carrying capacity as not all chairs can hold the same amount of weight. The chair should be able to hold your weight without showing any sign of strain. Camping chairs usually hold a maximum of 500lb, but you can always go for heavy-duty camping chairs. 

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What are the best chairs for camping?

If you are thinking of buying those USD 10 camping chairs, then it is time to junk that idea. You should pick up a good camping chair that can be folded up for easy transportation and should withstand the vagaries of weather. So here are our top selections for the camping chairs. 

  • Lightweight Folding Camping Chair

The Helinox Chair Zero at $120 is a compact and ultra-light chair that is incredibly lightweight and easy to pack. It weighs just 1lb but is very sturdy, mainly due to its durable aluminum structure. The chair has a shock-cord design that can be packed down to a compact size and easily fits into the inside of a backpack. When you consider factors like low weight and portability, this is the best lightweight folding camping chair. 

  • Best Heavy Duty Camping Chair

If you are looking for a heavy-duty camping chair, you cannot go wrong with the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair. Known as the King Kong chair, you will feel like a king when you sit on it. The chair has a reinforced frame, made from durable material, and is built to last for a long time. 

  • Best Camping Chair for Bad Back

Having a great camping chair is a must-have for any camper. If you need extra lumbar support or your back needs help, you must get an appropriate camping chair. The ALPS Mountaineering Camp Chair is an excellent choice for those who are suffering from a bad back. It has a comfortable seat, a cushioned back and is durable because of the sturdy frames. The heavy-duty polyester fabric with which the seat is made offers superb comfort making this the sturdiest and durable camping chair available in the market right now. 

  • Best Backpacking Chair

The Moon Lence Outdoor Ultra-light Chair is an affordable and comfortable backpacking chair that weighs only 2lb and is priced at $35. It is a crossover chair, and the design will remind you of any luxury camping chair available right now. It takes only takes a few minutes to set up this chair and is an excellent option for short trips.

  • Best RV Camping Chair

No camping is complete without getting an RV camping chair for yourself so that you can lounge outside your RV whenever you like. These folding chairs were engineered to maximize the limited space of an RV. The Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair is the best option for an RV Camping chair as it comes with a cooler that can hold as many as four cans of your favorite beer. The in-built cooler helps to keep the beers cool for a more extended period.

Can Camping Chairs get wet?

Those first few raindrops start to hit and we look around and frantically grab what we can and tuck it undercover to prevent it from getting wet.

We hate the idea of our chairs getting drenched as we will have a soggy seat to deal with if they aren’t designed to survive the elements. If our chair is struggling to dry out the rest of your camping trip, it is a useless item to have to carry around.

So will your camping chairs get hurt if they get wet in the rains? Thankfully, most branded camping chairs are water-resistant, and these chairs will have no problem in battling the raindrops. One can leave the camping chairs outside in the rain and not worry about those getting ruined. 

Do weight limits matter on camping chairs?

It is no secret that we are a little larger, on average, than we were thirty years ago. If you don’t consider this when looking at getting a camping chair, then you might be in for a surprise.

I had a chair collapse under me once – it was an older folding chair that my in-laws had and the fabric straps that were the main source of support were beyond repair. I was the lucky one to give them their last test and honestly, it was no fun trying to get back up out of the wreckage.

Most of the camping chairs can hold a minimum of 250lbs, and the sturdier ones can withstand a weight up to 600lbs or even more. It is interesting to note that the amount of weight these chairs can hold drastically changes when they sit on them. The maximum recommended weight for most of the chairs is 350lbs.

Instead of worrying too much about the weight capacity, you should opt for a foldable chair, easy to transport and has high ratings. 

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