A Chicago-area man died in a drowning Friday afternoon at Devil’s Lake State Park.
Mike Green, a conservation warden supervisor for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the 55-year-old man was swimming at the south shore beach with family when he drowned at about 3:45 p.m. for unknown reasons.
“Just a common drowning. We don’t have anything to suggest otherwise,” Green said.
Spending time on the beach is a lot of fun and can be very relaxing; however, beaches can also be very dangerous and it’s important to know basic beach safety.
Authorities are not releasing the man’s name at this time, Green said Sunday morning.
He said DNR wardens were working at the park when the incident happened and responded via boat and on shore. The Sauk County Dive Team recovered the man’s body around 7 p.m. Friday.
Photos: Visitors enjoy Devil's Lake and Parfrey's Glen
Morning sunlight reaches the surface of the water at Devil's Lake in Baraboo, Wis., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. KAYLA WOLF, STATE JOURNAL
If Devil's Lake had a mascot, it'd be the turkey vulture. The winged scavengers spend their days surfing the park's thermal air currents, skimming tree tops and rock outcroppings.
Matthew Essington of Illinois crosses the stream at Parfrey's Glen.
Miles of trails traverse the West and East bluffs of Devil's Lake State Park, opening to breathtaking views such as this one of the Devil's Doorway rock formation at the southeast corner of the lake.
Violet Fritsch, 5, and her dad Nate Fritsch step down some of the rock steps at Devil's Lake. Trails up the East Bluff of the park cover 500 feet of elevation change.
A boater paddles his canoe along the north end of Devil's Lake, framed through the windows of the North Shore Chateau, one of the park's concessions and events facilities.
A goose accompanies goslings as they forage for food along the northern shoreline of Devil's Lake in Baraboo, Wis., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. KAYLA WOLF, STATE JOURNAL
Cherie Kovnesky, bottom, kayaks with her son, Nohlin Kovnesky, on a placid Devil's Lake. The spring-fed lake was formed after retreating glaciers dumped rocks and earth at either end of an ancient river, creating two natural dams.
Marie Burgette Bach hikes at Parfrey's Glen, near Devil's Lake. The sandstone-lined gorge was Wisconsin's first State Natural Area.
Daniel Joestgen carries his son Henry Joestgen on his back as they hike at at Parfrey's Glen in Merrimac, Wis., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. KAYLA WOLF, STATE JOURNAL
Jim Essington, of Illinois, navigates over slippery rocks at Parfrey's Glen in Merrimac, Wis., Wednesday, May 12, 2021. KAYLA WOLF, STATE JOURNAL
Parfrey's Glen Creek creates a waterfall as it enters the gorge at Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area near Merrimac.
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