A Visit to Devils Lake, North Dakota – North Dakota is a vast and often underappreciated state. Loaded with hidden gems and dazzling Western charm, NoDak is an unexpected but ideal destination for your next Crownline excursion. Specifically, the wild and gorgeous place that is Devils Lake.
Devils Lake is located in the center of the state’s Great Plains. A convenient location for the locals to blow off some steam, Devils Lake is a massive recreation destination. Depending on rainfall and condensation, it’s about 330 square miles with a catchment area of nearly 4,000 square miles. The land surrounding the lake is filled with hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and a variety of native wildlife. You can see bison, elk, shorebirds, eagles, and much more at the Sullys Hill National Game Preserve. Or get in touch with the region’s Native American and pioneer history at the Fort Totten State Historic Site.
Exploring the Lake
Most of the 330 square miles is optimal for fishing, cruising and water sports. Your Crownline will be itching to blast through the calm, open water until the sun sets. The surrounding coastline is ideal for camping, hunting, hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding. For music lovers, Proz Lakeside at the Cove (a hub for all things fun on the lake) hosts Rockfest, an annual two-day concert. Devils Lake is rarely as crowded as other lakes we’ve featured in this blog. Of course, you’ll have to watch out for fishing boats. The lake, known as “the perch capital of the world,” is ideal for catching walleye, northern pike and white bass.
Sampling the Local Cuisine
When it comes to food, Proz Lakeside is a good option for pub grub and late-night entertainment. Try the Blackened Walleye Reuben. Visit Kneadful Things for great bread, sandwiches, salads and soups. For fine dining, head to The Ranch Steakhouse, a favorite for ribeye, filet and ribs, or The View in Spirit Lake Casino offering a variety of delicious local dishes with a wall of windows overlooking the water. We’ve heard great things about the bison burger and asparagus.
Getting the Most out of Your Stay
Our lodging recommendation is—roughing it! There are so many beautiful places to camp and experience the peace and spirit of the surrounding plains. But, if you’re not cut from the camping cloth, Woodland Resort is an nice spot for families. Spirit Lake Casino offers lake-view rooms and gaming options, and Fireside Inn and Suites [https://www.firesideinnandsuites.com] is a good choice for budget-conscious travelers.
From cruising and fishing to hiking and birding, Devils Lake is an outdoorsman’s paradise and an amazing place to experience the beauty of the Great Plains.
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