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May2011

Boat Ramps Open On Devils Lake

Posted: May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Boat Ramps Open on Devils Lake

By: Suzie Baisch, Executive Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau

As of Friday, May 20, 2011, access onto Devils Lake became a little easier. Three public boat landings are open for use on Devils Lake. Lakewood Boat Landing, located on Creel Bay, is open with the docks placed. The original ramp is not usable at this time, and a new ramp was placed to the north of the old one in Lakewood Park. The fish cleaning station should be operational by this weekend.

The Six Mile Bay Boat Landing is up and running with one lane, and docks placed. Crews are currently working on the second lane. The fish cleaning station is temporarily down at this location until a sewer line can be fixed.

A new landing has been placed on Pelican Lake, north of Highway 19. This is the first time a boat ramp has been placed in this area of the lake and will make it easier for anglers to fish in this location. Currently it is a temporary landing. Crews will start on the permanent ramp and should be complete this fall. According to Suzie Baisch, the tourism director for Devils Lake, “Bridges have been a struggle this year, and due to the rising waters, may be an issue for the next couple of years. We are hoping that by placing new ramps in different locations around the lake, you can still fish your favorite fishing hole, or find a new one, on any section of Devils Lake you want. You may not be able to go from one end of the lake to another by boat on a windy day, but even in fishing the main bay, you still have over 100,000 acres to fish.”

Eastbay Boat Landing, located off Highway 20 should be open by the middle of June.

Also available for access onto Devils Lake is Graham’s Island State Park, located off of Highway 19. The day pass for the state park is $5, or you can purchase a yearly pass for $25. Graham’s Island is open on a day-by-day basis this year due to high water conditions. Construction on the road into the park should begin sometime in August.

Spirit Lake Casino, Woodland Resort and Eastbay Campground all have boat ramps available for day use. They are either available for free or for a minimal fee.

Coming soon will be a boat landing in Black Tiger Bay, located in the south-east corner of the lake.

“Our lake is one of our region’s largest contributions to our economy,” Baisch said. “Lake access is vital to our economy and bringing visitors to our area. I am happy to report our boat landings are opening up, and fishermen can now have access to the lake. The rising waters of the lake have been a struggle for all of us. We have had to change our perspective, and the way we do things, but we are open for business, and the fishing is phenomenal.”

For more information, log onto www.devilslakend.com or call the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-233-8048 for more information.

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Work Progressing on Devils Lake Access Sites

Posted: May 17, 2011

Taken from the ND Game & Fish website (May 17, 2011)

A new boating access site on the southeast side of Devils Lake, along with several other access sites around the lake, are being worked on and should be ready for activity by early summer, according to Bob Frohlich, fisheries development supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The new access area along ND Highway 20 on the south end of Black Tiger Bay is an alternative to the Black Tiger Bay Recreation Area, which is no longer operable because rising water has topped the county road leading to the popular boat landing and camping area. Because of the flooded road, Game and Fish and State Parks and Recreation can no longer maintain the site, and have removed roadside directional signs.

Read more of the article here

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Graham’s Island State Park Open for the Season

Posted: May 5, 2011

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Graham’s Island State Park is open for the season. The bait shop and fish cleaning station will open on Saturday, May 7th.

For the 2011 season, Graham’s Island State Park will operate on a day-by-day basis because of the lake levels next to the road into the park. The park will be taking “same-day reservations” on the sites that were originally placed in the reservation system. The other sites will still be maintained as a first-come-first serve. You can make a same-day reservation by calling Graham’s Island State Park at 701-766-4015. You can call anytime from 7:00 am – 9:30 pm.

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National Tourism Week

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Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau will be celebration National Tourism week, which is May 7-15 this year. National Tourism Week is an important week to celebrate, and I think it is even more important to our community this year. Devils Lake has seen changes over the past few years with our lake situation and it has had many negative effects, but when it comes to tourism it is important to stay positive. People come to our regional from all over the world to experience our state, our lake, and our town. It is important to show them the best vacation possible.

This year we are sponsoring a familiarization tour around the area. We will hop on a bus with Happy Trails Bus Lines and visit the museums downtown, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Fort Totten Historic Site. You need to ask yourself and your employees these important questions: Did you know that the Fort Totten Historic Site is opening this season with a new visitor center? Do you know how to tell a customer how to get to the Fort Totten Historic Site? Did you know that people travel from all over to spend up to a week in Devils Lake researching their family history at the Old Post Office Museum? Do you know how Sullys Hill got its name?

The familiarization tour will answer these questions. It is important to give proper information to our guests to get them to the destinations they want to see and give them options of things to do in our area. The more they have available at the time of the questions, the better chance they have of spending more money in our area and possibly staying overnight.

You can register yourself and your employees at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FAMTOUR.

The Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau is also sponsoring 25 individuals to attend “What Customers Really Want,” a half-day seminar put on by Forward Devils Lake and TrainND. The seminar will explore concepts and benefits of customer service by setting extraordinary standards for businesses, strategies to avoid burnout, how to say ‘no’ in a positive way and remain calm when the customer is upset, as well as other customer topics. To register online, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nationaltourismweek.

You are also invited to attend an open house in the Visitor Center, located at 208 Highway 2 West (next to Wal-Mart), on Tuesday May 10th, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Stop by anytime throughout the day for coffee and snacks, check out what the Visitor Center has to offer, as well as our new interactive website, and to sign up for fantastic prize giveaways.

Tourism is a vital component to Devils Lake – let’s celebrate it!

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N.D. set to ramp up lake access

Posted: May 2, 2011

By: Doug Leier, Grand Forks Herald

  The issue of access for hunting and fishing continues to percolate in my ever-scientific conversations at coffee shops and cafes. No matter where I go, big city or small town, people are concerned about access as it relates to North Dakota’s outdoors.

First and foremost, healthy fish and wildlife populations need habitat, and it helps to have suitable weather conditions. Even with great habitat and abundant wildlife, however, hunters still need a place to flush pheasants and anglers need a place to wet a line, either from shore, from a boat, or both.

Without a place to fish from shore, or a ramp to launch a boat on Lake Oahe, Devils Lake or the Missouri River, the health of the walleye or perch population doesn’t matter to the fishing public.

Statewide, North Dakota has more than 350 public boat ramps. Understand, however, that even in stable environments boat ramps need periodic work. When you add in rising and falling waters, it can make for a major summer work effort.

In the past decade, lakes Sakakawea and Oahe have had their share of ramp work because of falling water levels. Now that these Missouri River reservoirs are basically full, all regular access points are open.

At Devils Lake, however, the water is continuing to rise, and along with land and structures, it is also consuming boat ramps. While fish are flourishing at Devils Lake, Game and Fish and other local partners have a heavy workload this summer to maintain boating access.

To access Minnewauken Flats, a new boat ramp is planned for Round Lake on the southwestern side of the lake. This area is one of the highest priorities, but not a guarantee.

At Pelican Lake, north of state highway 19 across from Devils Lake, rising water has actually helped a proposed access site, as the projected rise in lake levels should provide enough slope for a new ramp that will allow boaters to launch.

In addition, the ramp on Six-Mile Bay will be extended to an elevation of 1,458 feet. The top of the ramp now is about 1,455 feet and the lake’s water level was 1,453.29 feet as of April 25, with another foot or more possible by the end of summer.

Meanwhile, the main access road to Grahams Island State Park sits at 1,455 feet, the same elevation as the lake’s projected rise. It’s not hard to figure out the problem there. Without an access road leading into the park, the ramp in the park won’t be of much use. Just a comment — it now appears the road work will not get done in time this spring/summer.

Henegar landing on Creel Bay is at an elevation of about 1,454, but the access will be closed again this summer because of continuing construction on the Devils Lake dike.

At Lakewood the ramp is at 1,453.8 feet, but plans are to extend it to 1,458.

On East Bay the ramp and parking area along Highway 20 will be extended 3 feet from its current elevation to 1,458.

At Black Tiger Bay, with the previous boat ramp site closed, Game and Fish has reached an agreement with the owner of a private campground along ND Highway 20 at the south end of Black Tiger Bay, and is planning to install a concrete ramp.

The Casino concrete ramp will be under water but the asphalt surrounding the ramp should provide adequate access this summer.

Some of this work will take time, but Devils Lake is such an important and popular fishery that maintaining access to is a top priority of not only the Game and Fish Department, but many other agencies and local organizations as well.

Leier is a biologist with the Game & Fish Department. He can be reached by email:dleier@nd.gov. Read his blog daily at dougleier.areavoices.com

Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald.

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