Devils Lake, ND 58301
Devils Lake: An Outdoor Lover’s Paradise
Located on the shores of Devils Lake, the largest natural lake in North Dakota, the town of Devils Lake offers a plethora of outdoor activities and sports, a quaint and bustling downtown, and one of the top fishing locations in the country. Originally named “Miniwaukan” or “Spirit Water” by Native Americans, the name was mistranslated to “Bad Spirit”. The name change was bolstered by legends of warriors drowned by lake monsters, and the name was eventually adapted to Devils Lake.
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Discover Devils Lake
For a small town, Devils Lake is truly bursting with opportunity. Its historic Downtown—with 14 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places—is a haven for historians, shoppers, foodies, and even outdoor enthusiasts. Spend the day admiring beautiful historic storefronts or browsing shops and stores. Sample delicious dining at the Old Main Cafe or one of many other eateries in the area. Step back through time and take a tour of Totten Square or the Pioneer Daughters Museum. If you want to get out of town for some excitement, the Spirit Lake Casino, with nightlife, events, gambling, dining, a buffet, a pool, and beautiful lake views, is just a short drive away.
It’s all about celebrating community here! Devils Lake hosts amazing events throughout the year to celebrate its residents. Some top events include:
- Devils Run: The largest car show in North Dakota
- Fishing tournaments all summer
- Fall wine walks and rodeos
- The largest ice fishing tournament in ND
- ShiverFest: a three-day event jam-packed full of exciting events, such as ice skating, vendor shows, bonfires on the ice, curling, gun show, sleigh rides, corn hole, and pond hockey tournaments.
Outdoor Recreation Any Time of Year
Welcome to the great outdoors, where the seasons may change but a love for outdoor sporting, adventuring, and enjoyment never does. From beautiful city parks and bike paths to hiking and lake views at Sullys Hill to pond hockey on Devils Lake, every season has its charm. Graham’s Island State Park is a major destination for camping, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, beaching and swimming, jet skiing, and even cross-country skiing. Skating, skiing, fishing, ice fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, camping… Devils Lake has no shortage of outdoor activities!
Fishing & Hunting
It’s not hard to see why Devils Lake was named one of the top 5 fishing lakes in the United States. Walleye, northern pike, white bass, perch that regular weigh up to 2 pounds… “Perch Capital of the World” is another apt nickname of Devils Lake. Spring, summer, fall, even winter, there is no bad season for fishing at Devils Lake. Fall, however, is the optimal season for hunting, with thousands of waterfowl migrating through the area.