Amenity Enhancements Boost Devils Lake Tourism
BISMARCK, ND – Recent enhancements to the amenities around Devils Lake, N.D., have enriched opportunities for area visitors and attracted more visitor spending, according to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division.
While Devils Lake water levels have continued to be a topic of discussion statewide, the lake’s positive impact on tourism is undeniable. In fact, according to research from IHS Global, tourism spending in both Benson County and Ramsey County increased, 4.7% and 19.3% respectively. With Ramsey County taking in $49.83 million and Benson Country seeing $98.72 million, it’s no surprise area business owners are excited about the possibilities ahead.
“The Devils Lake area is a significant draw for North Dakota’s tourism industry,” Sara Otte Coleman, Tourism Division director, said. “With our year-round fishing season, and the amenities that have continued to expand and improve, there is such a wealth of opportunity because of Devils Lake.”
Recent additions or improvements in the area include:
- Woodland Resort’s $3.3 million, 25,000 sq. foot expansion project opened to the public this month with a new bait shop, hotel rooms and meeting space due to the influx of people enjoying the lake.
- Proz Lakeside at the Cove expansion within Woodland Resort
- Eastbay Campground, on the east shore of the lake, added new marina (the area’s fourth) and cabins
- Bry’s Guide Service opened Fish Rehab Lodge that can accommodate 14 people for overnight stays, fish cleaning, fish fries and socializing.
- Ackerman Acres opened a new bar and restaurant
- Fireside Inn & Suites has a newly remodeled wing and added a fish cleaning station to its amenities
- Creel Bay Golf Course is back in full operation after moving holes as a result of a dike project
- Graham’s Island State Park opened 50 new full-service campsites in 2014
- Devils Lake Airport offers jet service through SkyWest Airlines with direct flights to and from Denver
- Just this month improvements to shore fishing access were approved, meaning ramps and stairs to fishing piers will be built, as well as enhancing existing facilities and creating new fishing access points.
“Devils Lake has long been an attraction for visitors, whether for our world-class fishing, camping, other outdoor activities, or business travel,” Suzie Kenner, executive director of the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, said. “The fact that our amenities continue to evolve and grow makes our community even more enticing for new and returning visitors, which we’re all benefiting from in the form of increased revenue.”