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Devil's Lake

Scenic Devil’s Lake, ND Calls to Lovers of the Great Outdoors

In the heart of North Dakota’s lakes region, the town of Devil’s Lake offers easy access to some of the best fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing available in the entire United States.

Nature lovers and sportsmen alike will marvel at a landscape where prairies, wetlands and woods all come together in the vicinity of a 163,000-acre natural lake. Our helpful guide will help you plan the perfect stay in this outdoor playground.

Unrivaled Recreation

Devil’s Lake is the largest natural body of water in the entire state, and it’s well suited to fishing throughout the year, and all manner of wet activities from swimming, kayaking, and floating in the lake to high-speed boating, wake-boarding and water skiing in the summertime.

Anglers come for miles to fish its plentiful waters for northern pike, walleye, white bass, and most notably, sizeable perch. In fact, the lake has been dubbed the “Perch Capital of the World.” You can fish from the shore or rent a boat from one of several local marinas. There are also a number of local guides ready to lead you to a thrilling catch.

Start your exploration of the lake and more than 1100 adjacent land acres at Graham’s Island State Park. In addition to a boat ramp, camping options and numerous picnic sites, there are plenty of nature trails for hiking, biking, and viewing the plentiful wildlife and plant species.

Woodland Resort is a full-service fishing lodge located right on the lake, complete with accommodations, camping, boat rentals, bait and tackle, fish cleaning stations and guide services.

During the fall hunting season, there are a number of opportunities for both residents and visiting sportsmen. Area waterfowl include Canadian, Blue and Snow Geese, Sandhill Crane and a several species of Ducks. Whitetail deer are also plentiful and can be hunted with bows or rifles.

The lake and wetlands in proximity to grass and woodland areas offers habitat to a rich variety of area bird species, and makes birding a particularly popular activity in this unique region.

Sully’s Hill National Game Reserve was created by a proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt as a refuge and breeding ground for wild animals and migratory birds. It is one of only 4 such refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The preserve is home to a herd of American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, white-tailed deer, a prairie-dog town, waterfowl, and additional area wildlife including wild turkeys, beavers, mink, weasels, fox and more than 200 species of birds. Visitors can tour the preserve by auto or on a walking trail. There is also a visitor’s center and an ampitheatre for special presentations.

Don’t assume you have to leave the outdoors behind during the cold-weather months. Fun winter activities include snowmobiling, public ice-skating in the park, sledding, sleighing, and of course, ice fishing.

Local History

A glimpse into the interesting local history begins with a downtown walking tour that includes 14 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour brochures are available at the downtown visitor’s center.

The Lake Region Heritage Center is a historic former U.S. Post Office and Courthouse which now houses 3 stories of exhibits and art galleries as well as a Native American Center featuring the Dakota Sioux and Chippewa Indian cultures. Visitors may also view the period interiors of the Sheriff’s House Museum between Memorial Day and Labor Day or during the winter months by appointment.

The nearby Fort Totten State Historic Site was a frontier military post built in 1867. It was charged with keeping the peace at the surrounding reservation and guarding overland transportation routes. After 1890 the fort became a boarding school for Native American children. The site offers 17 original buildings, an interpretive center, special exhibits and videos, the Pioneer Daughter’s Museum in the hospital building, and the Totten Trail Historic Inn — bed and breakfast accommodations with period furnishings.

Lakeside Leisure

Guests are welcomed at the Devil’s LakeTown and Country Club, home to a challenging 18-hole golf course that weaves along the lakeshore.

Finally, there are many exciting entertainment options at the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort. Gamers can try their luck at poker, blackjack, craps, bingo or the slots. The resort also has hotel or rv accommodations, live shows, a marina and fine dining overlooking the picturesque lake.

For more specific information on these and other area attractions, visit the Devil’s Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at www.devilslakend.com.



» Graham’s Island State Park
» Woodland Resort
» Sully’s Hill National Game Reserve
» The Lake Region Heritage Center
» Fort Totten State Historic Site
» Totten Trail Historic Inn
» LakeTown and Country Club
» Spirit Lake Casino and Resort
» Devil’s Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism