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Devils Lake Motels Cater to Sportsmen: Fish Cleaning Stations are a Standard Amenity

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Devils Lake, ND – It’s possible the community of Devils Lake, nestled in north-central North Dakota, has more fish-cleaning stations per capita than any other resort region.

Four motels with fish-cleaning stations attract sportsmen and keep them coming back.  “They love it,” Rick Smith, manager of Sleep Inn said, “It gets a ton of use.”  Fireside Inn assistant manager Jocelyn Miller said, “Our guests really enjoy our facility.”  Levi Vilandre, manager of SunLac Inn said, “Our fish grinder can handle anything, and has brought us more customers.”  Brandi Kuk at the newest motel, the Cobblestone, said, “Quite a few guests have told us they stay here because of our state-of-the-art fish-cleaning station.”

The heated and air-conditioned fish-cleaning stations also handle pheasant and waterfowl hunters.  All are heated for the ice fishing crowds and air-conditioned for the rest of the year.  Freezers are a standard feature.

At the Sleep Inn, 701-544-1111, the cleaning station handles most Perch Patrol guests, and at times there have been nearly 20 guides and clients processing their catches.  “Elbow to elbow, our large table, grinder, double sink for rinsing fillets, sprayers, and freezer can handle everyone,” Smith said.  The Sleep Inn also has a dog kennel with water, and a new picnic building with a gas grill.  “We cater to all sportsmen,” he said.

Like all motel facilities, the Cobblestone, 701-544-0129, also attracts guide service clients.  Guides collect their clients each morning and clean their fish here at the end of the day.  Kuk said, “We have buckets below holes in our tables.  Our staff dumps them into the grinder for safety.”

Vilandre at the SunLac Inn, 701-662-5011, said, “Our fish-cleaning station is one of the best investments ever, and as important as our recent remodeling.  New customers and guide clients are taking advantage of it and our regulars love it.”  A huge parking lot with outlets for charging boat batteries adds to the allure of the SunLac.

At the Fireside Inn, 701-662-6760, the fish-cleaning station is connected to the motel, and has been expanded for this season.  Miller said, “We treat this facility like the rest of the property and our staff cleans it daily.”  With three guide services housing their clients at the Fireside, customers depend on the fish-cleaning station.  Miller added, “They love it.”

Rick Preparing_webThere are numerous public fish-cleaning stations located around the lake, adding to the goal of handling every need for anglers and hunters.  Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Tourism executive director said, “We hear all the time how satisfied our visitors are with the way they are treated while in the area.  They know they can process and freeze their fish and game before heading home.  They love the guide services, the ramps, the shore fishing opportunities, the family attractions and parks.  They keep coming back and bringing their friends with them.”

For more information about Devils Lake motels with fish cleaning stations and all other lodging and resort facilities, water levels, ramps, public fishing piers, fishing reports for walleye, pike, perch and white bass, community activities, fishing tournaments (the 41st Chamber Annual Walleye tournament is June 23-25), guides, dining, casino and much more, go to devilslakend.com, or call the Tourism office, 701-662-4903.


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