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Get Out in the Outdoors

At Devils Lake, the fishing season never closes! Enjoy walleye, perch and pike fishing all-year round!

Spring Fishing

As the ice starts to melt, you want to hit the shores of the north end of Six Mile Bay for an abundance of walleye. You will see many anglers fishing around the bridges and the shores where the ice comes off first.

Summer Fishing

Take advantage of a guide, or venture out on your own. With over 240,000 acres to fish, you are sure to find a spot where the fish are biting. Troll along the rocky shoreline, anchor around a bridge or tie-up to a tree to find the best catch.

Fall Cast n’ Blast

Devils Lake is also an ideal destination for a “Cast and Blast.” Waterfowl hunt in the morning and wet a pole in the afternoon on one of our gorgeous fall days. Catch your limit of both by dinner.

Fall is Trophy Walleye Time

Walleye dreams become a reality every fall here on Devils Lake. “All my biggest fish have come in the fall; it’s what I call trophy walleye time,” said professional angler Johnnie Candle.

Open water fishing usually runs until mid-November, with all areas of the lake becoming very productive. The many year-classes of fish are equally distributed, but the 26 to 30 inchers show up now.

Ice Fishing

Devils Lake is known as the “Perch Capitol of the World.”  You will find jumbo perch in the system and more than likely catch your limit of them as well. Rent an ice house for convenience, or book one of our many guides to stay mobile and on that perch bite. Venture out on your own using one of our nine conveniently located boat landing to get out on the lake.

Golf

Devils Lake has an 18-hole golf course located along the shores of Devils Lake. It is a wide open course with water and sand hazards and tree-lined fairways. This challenging course will thrill even the most avid golfer. After your round, relax in the new club house with a wall of windows and outdoor patio for an even better view of the town’s namesake.

 

History Tours

Morning

Begin at the Lake Region Heritage Center.  Enter the doors and step back in time. Visit the turn-of-the century law office and an authentic barber shop; see a full altar and pulpit from a church north of Devils Lake.  Absorb the grandeur of the Federal Court Room, the elevated judge’s desk, gleaming wood railings, and wooden witness stand. After exploring all three floors, continue to the Sheriff’s House, only a block away, where rooms are furnished as they would have been at the turn of the century.  The rooms feature collections of antique clothing, household furnishings, and other antiques, all adding to the sense of stepping back in time.

Afternoon

Stop for lunch at Old Main Café, and get a glimpse not only of  a replica of Devils Lake’s early Main Street, but also of pictures of old Main Streets from nearby towns. Order sandwiches named after the towns and be sure to enjoy the soup bar featuring six different soups every day.  Let memorabilia from the Lake Region’s early years surround you as you enjoy your lunch. Then discover the rest of downtown Devils Lake and its historic buildings with a walking tour.  In three square blocks you can see Turn-of-the Century architecture at its finest.  Most of the 20 buildings on the tour were built between 1885 and 1914 and are on the National Register. Marvel at the variety of structures from Gothic Revival to Neo Classical seen in the Opera House, the Firehouse, and  original churches to name but a few. When the tour is done, settle into the Liquid Bean for your choice of a hot or cold coffee and a snack.

Extension

Take a tour of J.A. Shannon buildings in Devils Lake. Shannon, a student of the Sullivan School of Architect in Chicago designed many of the buildings in the walking tour. Temple, In addition, he was the creative force behind Carnegie Library, the Ziegler Building, the Bangs Block addition to the Bangs-Wineman Block, the Wickert-Schutz Building,  an addition to the NDSD and three homes  on 8th Avenue.

 

Cultural

 

Morning

Begin your morning with a visit to the Painted Pony and Painted Buffalo (artist Monte Yellowbird) designed especially for and displayed exclusively at Lake Region State College.  Yellowbird’s visual expressions honor his spiritual roots, his First Nation heritage, and his contemporary art traditions. When you are done admiring, pick up a cup of java at the college bookstore and continue on to the Lake Region Heritage Center.  Spend time exploring the detailed Native American display of dance regalia, artifacts, and  information on the Dakota Sioux.  Peek into a ¾ size tipi.  Choose your favorite café, order a “picnic lunch to go,” and venture out to Ft. Totten Historic Site.

Mid-morning

Spend the remainder of the morning exploring the Ft. Totten Square, also known as Calvary Square, restored to its look as a fort. Start at the Interpretive Center, and then amble to the Pioneer Daughters’ Museum. Continue around the Square, checking out the Plummer’s Store and the Traveling Exhibits. Learn about the site’s use as an Indian Boarding School, too.

For your afternoon, you have two choices:

Afternoon #1

Explore Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve.  Stop at the Visitor’s Center and discover your options for the day. You can drive the four- mile auto tour and stop midway along the Overlook Loop. Find a picnic table and enjoy your lunch. Then drive your car to the start of the Nature Trail and hike the 1.5 miles along a wooded stream and through the forested hills.  Prepare to take plenty of pictures. Be on the lookout for the wildlife that inhabits this National Game Preserve.  If this is a day of a special presentation at the amphitheater, be sure to attend.

Afternoon #2

Instead of packing a picnic lunch, enjoy the amazing buffet at Spirit Lake Casino. Buy a pass for an afternoon of swimming or enjoy time at the tables or the slots trying out your luck. Or check into renting a pontoon at the Marina has to offer.

Evening

Stay in the area.  If you arrive on the right day in July, you can reserve a spot for dinner at the Totten Trail Historic Inn. From there, attend the musical production at Ft. Totten Little Theater.  Once housing for officers and their families, and then for employee housing, the Inn features rooms decorated to represent the era from 1870 to 1910.
Culinary Tours

 

A Taste of the Lake Region

Breakfast

Looking for something other than a fast-food meal or another slice of pizza?  Get a true taste of Devils Lake. For breakfast, enjoy home baked breads and rolls and crepes at Kneadful Things or the Pig Out Omelet at Mr. and Mrs. J’s.  Or, start out at the Casino for their marvelous breakfast buffet.  The White House Café in the Holiday Mall offers great breakfasts, too—and lunches—and dinners—and desserts.

Lunch

Travel out to The Cove for a lunch on the patio by the lake. They specialize in fish foods. Or maybe it is the day to enjoy the soup bar at Old Main Café or legendary homemade tomato soup at the Cedar Inn. Proz End of the Line is always a fun place to eat.  If it’s rainy, enjoy eating in the Red Caboose;  if the sun is out and the snow is melted, you have the option of soaking up the day’s rays in their outdoor Tiki Bar where you can enjoy their homemade specialties of pizza or pasta or Mexican food. Maybe you aren’t quite ready for dessert, so run a few more errands and then make a trip to Dairy Queen for an ice cream treat.

Dinner

Devils Lake has fine evening dining.  If you are staying in town, The Chinese Buffet offers an incredible array of Chinese food:  Mr. and Mrs. J’s has a 55 item food bar, too.  On the edge of town is The Ranch, a restored barn specializing in beef, fish, and pasta, offers a cozy atmosphere from the fresh baked bread at the beginning of your meal to the decadent tray of desserts for the close.  Or, if you didn’t lounge at the Cove for lunch, make it a choice for supper.  Watch the sun set over the lake from the outdoor patio or looking through the big windows in the main building.  The Casino also offers a specialty buffet every night of the week.  If you are looking for exclusive dining, the View is your choice.  Located in the upper level of the Casino, it offers a spectacular view of Devils Lake; the presentation of the Lake is as impressive as the presentation of the food.

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    Hike to the lookout tower at Sully’s Hill

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    Take in the history at Fort Totten historic site

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    Cross country ski/snowshoe at Grahams Island or Sullys Hill

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    Ride the bike trails

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    Window shop or shop downtown

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    Throw in a line along the great shores

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    Take a bird-watching excursion to Lake Alice natural wildlife refuge

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    Watch the sunset over Devils Lake