You won't have any trouble finding something to do in Devils Lake—the area is a popular recreation spot. According to local legend, the lake was once known as Bad Spirit Lake after a group of Sioux warriors drowned there. The moniker doesn't deter visitors: The fishing is particularly good, and bird hunting takes place in the fall. Bird-watchers can observe sandhill cranes there in spring and fall. We recommend a visit to at least one of the state parks in the area, which include Graham's Island State Park, which has boat access, camping and picnicking.
Devils Lake has two other nearby attractions: Sully's Hill National Game Preserve is home to bison, elk, white-tailed deer, prairie dogs and more than 260 species of birds. It offers opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing and scenic auto tours. Fort Totten State Historic Site is a well-preserved, 19th-century military post. Devils Lake is 165 mi/265 km northwest of Fargo.
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