Explore the Past.

Devils Lake derives its name from the Native American name Miniwaukan. Early explorers incorrectly translated the word to mean “Bad Spirit” and bolstered by the many legends of drowned warriors and lake monsters. The name evolved into Devils Lake. Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota. Devils Lake covers more than 100,000 acres and has hundreds of miles of shoreline. This very fertile prairie lake grows large numbers of Walleye, Northern Pike, White Bass and it has earned the reputation of being the “Perch Capital of the World.” Perch weighing more than two pounds are caught quite frequently. In the fall hundreds of thousands of waterfowl migrate through the area and give both local and visiting hunters outstanding hunting opportunities.The City of Devils Lake is a community in touch with the values of the past with eyes focused on the opportunities of the future. We are a city of 8,000 neighbors living, working and building a future for our children and our community. Over 500 businesses call Devils Lake home and they offer outstanding shopping, great service and career opportunities. Our medical facilities, schools and park system enhance the quality of life for our residents. Our city and county governments are dedicated to maintaining good roads, quality water and a safe and secure environment for our citizens. Lake Region State College offers higher educational degrees and continuing education that will allow our businesses and workforce to stay in step with the fast paced global market. If you are thinking about making Devils Lake your home and we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

So remember, there is always plenty to see and do in Devils Lake and the entire Lake Region — the opportunities in Devils Lake are As Endless As Your Imagination.”

It’s hard to give a current elevation of the lake because it changes everyday.

As of May 11, 2011 the lake level is at 1,454.06


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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