On the north side of Devils Lake is Grahams Island State Park, the larger of the two state parks in the Devils Lake State Parks system. Fortunately, for those seeking outdoor beauty, Devils Lake, which is the biggest natural lake in the area, is also one of the most beautiful places in North Dakota.
Grahams Island is surrounded by the calm waters of the northern part of the lake and can be reached by driving over a man-made elevated ridge. From Devils Lake City, drive 10 miles west on Highway 19, then five miles south on Grahams Island Road.
When early explorers settled on the banks of North Dakota’s picturesque lake, they mistakenly translated the Native American name for the lake – Miniwaukan – into “bad spirit.” This was probably due to myths and folktales about giant lake monsters and drowned warriors. Eventually, the name “bad spirit” evolved into the ominous sounding Devils Lake.
Grahams Island is best for water-based activities, including swimming and boating. For example, a well-constructed boat landing is based on the island for boating hobbyists. Camping facilities were also built for campers, including picnic shelters, RV sites, cabins, and campgrounds that are hooked up with electricity.
Boating and swimming are not the only activities on Grahams Island. Visitors can also take their pick among picnicking, camping, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and even cross country skiing in the winter.