Devils Lake is known as one of the best fisheries in this part of the country. The city namesake, meanwhile, is equally alluring for its small-town charm and friendly people, making a trip to Devils Lake is exciting year-round. Window shop and browse unique stores downtown before grabbing a bite at Proz Lakeside at the Cove or a hot beverage at the Liquid Bean. If golfing is more your speed, take a break from the lake and play 18 holes at Creel Bay Golf Club.
Fishing, birding and hunting adventures are abundant. Devils Lake, the largest natural body of water in North Dakota, is known as the "Perch Capital of the World" but is also home to large numbers of walleye, northern pike and white bass. Woodlands Resort is Devils Lake’s only full-service lakeside resort with bait, tackle, and pro shop, and is home to the world-famous Perch Patrol Guide Service. Multiple types of lodging options are available, and find delicious food and fun at Proz Lakeside.
When winter arrives, ice fishing on this wide-open lake gets you away from the crowds with sweet fishing spots all over the place. Don’t let the 180,000 acres intimidate you, there are numerous bait shops and maps available. Anyone can find great spots to fish without any experience on the lake. In 2024 Devils Lake snagged the top spot of The 10 Best US Ice Fishing Destinations for 2024!
If you are looking to hit it big, visit the Spirit Lake Casino and try your luck. Hiking, biking, nature walks, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking and snowshoeing are popular activities at Grahams Island State Park and White Horse Hill National Game Preserve.