While there are many great lakes in North Dakota, the many recreational options available on Devils Lake in north central North Dakota attracted my family for a recent weekend. The newly expanded facilities and full-service amenities offered at Woodlands Resort drew our crew; boat, kayak, paddleboard, wakeboard, skis and fishing gear in tow. No need to pack other essentials as the cabins and rooms are well stocked with the necessities. And there really is no need to pack food as The Proz served a variety of fare - from the house-made walleye, blue cheese dressing, salsa and guacamole to satisfying burgers, wraps and salads - all served inside or out with great views of the lake. We loved the fresh walleye tacos, maybe even more than the walleye we caught fresh and grilled ourselves. As for the fishing, my guys had just returned from a well-known fishing lake across a couple of borders and had better luck catching consistent, nice walleye on Devils Lake. We run a sport boat, not a fishing boat, which sometimes can be a disadvantage, but not on this world-renowned fishery!
If you are looking for more than a quiet night around the campground, the crew at Proz and Woodlands provide an exciting lineup of bands throughout the summer and the Friday night karaoke provided true entertainment (and not the “OMG I am so embarrassed for them” kind). The comfortably furnished fire pits, Bobber’s on the Water bar and free coffee topped off the experience. Next time, I am hoping for an opening in one of the new lake view, 2- or 3-bedroom suites.
One thing we have always enjoyed while at the lake is boating to other resorts, attractions or restaurants. Devils Lake provides that opportunity. Just across the bay is the newly opened clubhouse at Creel Bay Golf Club. Although we didn’t bring the clubs this trip, the views looked awesome. Spirit Lake Casino has a marina with a full-service C-store, which made a great ice cream stop. Across the East Bay is Ackerman Acres with a marina, campground, new cabins and Ty’s Lodge – a new log-furnished restaurant offering traditional lake fare, drinks and an outdoor patio.
No trip to Devils Lake would be complete without a stop at Grahams Island State Park. This, one of the busiest state parks, is on an island accessible via a newly raised road. The park caters to campers and anglers who frequent this often-full park for the well-maintained campgrounds, access to the big water and many, many fish tales, I am sure!
If you are looking for a great lunch, sweet treat or coffee, stop in at Kneadful Things in the town of Devils Lake. The smoothies were perfect for a hot July day.
There are a number of other newly expanded recreation offerings around Devils Lake that we didn’t have time to check out this trip. But this growing area will surely lure us back.