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Devils Lake is a small city in the Lakes and Gardens area of North Dakota. It has a population of about 7,141 people in 2010 census. Its elevation is 1,475 feet.


Devils Lake is also the name of North Dakota's largest natural lake, with 120,00 acres of surface area and 375 miles of shoreline. As such, it is the focus of numerous recreational and tourist activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, photography, etc. The lake is also a natural habitat for various species of waterfowl, which makes it a popular spot for nature lovers, photographers, hunters and birders. Hiking, biking, camping are also popular activities. Scenic drives abound.

Devils Lake offers year round activities for the tourist. In the winter, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are but a few of the options. Many resorts and lodges surround the lake.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

US Highway 2 runs through the southern portion of the city. This highway connects the city to Minot about two hours to the west, and Grand Forks about 1.5 hours to the east.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Devils Lake Regional Airport (Devils Lake Municipal Airport DVL IATA). Has nonstop service on Great Lakes Airlines to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Jamestown. Devils Lake Regional Airport (Q1656106) on Wikidata Devils Lake Regional Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

See also: Rail travel in the United States

Get around[edit]

Map of Devils Lake

Scenic drives to the east and west of Devils Lake on US Hwy 2. Map [formerly dead link]


  • [formerly dead link] Devils Lake State Parks, +1 701 766-4015, fax: +1 701 766-4311, . Three state parks and recreation areas on Devils Lake. Recreational activities include fishing, boating and nature watching. Camping is available at Grahams Island.
    • Grahams Island State Park (10 miles west of Devils Lake on Highway 19, then six miles south).
    • Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area (7 miles east of Devils Lake, five miles south, then three miles west).
  • Lake Region Heritage Center, 502 Fourth St (Old Post Office Museum), +1 701 662-3701, . Local history exhibits, two art galleries. Open year round Monday to Friday, 10AM to 5PM. Admission fee $3, seniors $2.
  • Lake Region Heritage House Museum, 416 Sixth St, +1 701 662-3701, +1 701 662-7080, . Large 1910-era home with artifacts from Lake Region area families. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, W-Su, 1PM to 4PM. Admission fee $3, seniors $2.
  • North Dakota Maritime Museum (Corner of Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue), +1 701 662-7031, fax: +1 701 662-7049, . Memorabilia and artifacts of military service. By appointment.
  • 1 Sully's Hill National Game Preserve, Highway 57 (via Highway 20, about 11 miles south of Devils Lake towards Fort Totten), +1 701 766-4272. Drive through game preserve with Buffalo, Elk, Deer and Prairie Dogs. Interpretive Center open until afternoon. $2 per car, $12 annual pass. Visitor are asked to stay in the vehicle once the gates are crossed. Automated gates provide daytime access to the park. Park closes at sunset. It also tends to close when thunderstorms or snow is forecast within 48 hours- their hours are very, conservative in this regard. Sullys Hill National Game Preserve (Q7636470) on Wikidata Sullys Hill National Game Preserve on Wikipedia
  • 2 Fort Totten. State Historic Site Fort Totten State Historic Site (Q5472191) on Wikidata Fort Totten State Historic Site on Wikipedia
  • [dead link] SAAGA International Speedway, 4374 98th Street NE, Crary, +1 701 398-3383.
  • Devils Run Car Show, +1 701 662-7222, toll-free: +1-800-233-8048, fax: +1 701 662-2147. Free to public. Classic cars, muscle cars, sport compact, motorcycles, trucks, music and events. About 1,000 entries every year and the whole town gets behind it.


  • Spirit Lake Casino & Resort (7 miles south of Devils Lake on Highway 57), +1 701 766-4888, fax: +1 701 766-1507, . Poker, 600-plus slots, bingo, live entertainment, 124 rooms, 4-pools, buffet, full-service marina, RV camping. Open daily, 24 hours.
  • Fishing, +1 701 662-4903, toll-free: +1-800-233-8048, fax: +1 701 662-2147. For walleye, pike, perch and white bass in Devils Lake. Annual Devils Lake Fishing Tournament in late June. There is also a fishing tournament in June at the Spirit Lake Casino (see above).





Go next[edit]

There are four other large lakes nearby: Chain Lake, Lake Irvine, Dry Lake and Sweet Water Lake. Stump Lake is about 35 miles southeast in Nelson County.

Routes through Devils Lake
MinotRugby  W  E  Grand ForksFargo
MinotChurchs Ferry  W  E  ArvillaGrand Forks

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