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Imagine going on a trip with your family where you can breathe fresh air, fish to your hearts content all while enjoying the outdoors. If making memories with your family is at the top of your list, then Devils Lake should go hand and hand with your memories. Covering over 160,000 acres it has hundreds of miles of shoreline to do your fishing trip from. One of the best parts of fishing (in my opinion) besides hauling in ‘the big one', is when your bobber goes up and down. There is just something about the excitement that fishing brings when you love the sport.
Devils Lake is known as one of the best places to fish in North Dakota. This lake is the largest body of water in North Dakota and holds a large quantity of walleye, white bass, and even northern pike call it their home. You will also learn that Devils Lake is known as the “Perch Capital of the World“. So, if you enjoy catching perch as our family does, you will really enjoy fishing here too. If you and your family enjoy going out onto the water and do not have your own boat, there are boat rentals available. There are also a dozen or so bait shops close by to get what you need for your fishing excursion, plus extra rods and reels if needed. Of course, you are going to be better off remembering to pack your own best fish finder from this list for the trip rather than renting one you haven't used before. Possibly you are new at fishing and want the best experience possible, then a fisherman guided tour is a great idea. Even if you are a seasoned fisherman but haven't fished at Devils Lake before a tour guide would be a great experience too. You can choose from open water or ice fishing depending on the time of year. There are 16 fishing tour guides available to choose from on their site, so you are sure to find the perfect fit for your trip if you choose.
Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Woodland Resort
- One of the favorites I have heard about is the Woodland Resort.
- Devils Lake’s only full-service lakeside resort.
- Large fleet of boat and pontoon rentals.
- Convenient bait, tackle, and pro shop.
- Boat ramp, overnight slip rentals, and on the water fuel.
- On-site, full-service marine repair shop.
- Multiple types of lodging options available.
- Incredible food and fun at Proz Lakeside.
- First-class air-conditioned fish cleaning station.
- Home to the famous Perch Patrol Guide Service.
Friendly staff all about you having a good time
Possibly you were thinking more about camping instead of staying in a lodge. There are at least 15 campgrounds in the surrounding area that you can check into.
Family Fun Activities (besides fishing)
So possibly the WHOLE family isn't thrilled with the thought of just fishing for your whole trip like you are. Don't worry you can get all your fishing in and the family activities. The two places that are fun and popular are at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Grahams Island State Park. Want to know more about fishing? Visit pursuingoutdoors.
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve: Enjoy the visitor center which has various displays and outdoor classrooms for conservation or wildlife studies or programs. Your family will enjoy the outdoor amphitheater which features environmental, historical and cultural programs. There are hiking and nature trails with informative stops along the way. You can take the self-guided auto tour to see the wildlife on your own. In the winter months, you can cross country on the ski trails for a wonderful time of making memories. There are special tours for groups by appointment also. Enjoy birdwatching? There are several birdwatching and photography opportunities. Sullys Hill National Wildlife Refuge has overlooks-viewing Devils Lake and varied habitats.
Grahams Island State Park: There are family fun activities that are very popular at Grahams Island State Park. Since it is an island it is surrounded by water which makes this a perfect getaway spot for a day, weekend or longer. You can picnic, camp, make a sand castle, go hiking, birdwatching and cross-country skiing. There is also jet skiing, fishing and boating to look forward to during your stay. During your fishing trip to Grahams Island State Park, there is a bait shop, fish cleaning station and boat landing for your convenience.
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