Devil's Lake, North Dakota Is Full Of Devilishly Good Fun, And Here's How To See It All

28 Jun 2021


The small city of Devil's Lake, North Dakota might not seem like much when viewed from a map, but it's home to a history that dates back to 1882 when the first house was built. While the name of the town implies something sinister, this town is far from it! It's home to a number of outdoor activities thanks to nearby nature trails, more restaurants than one might imagine, and some quaint, charming lodging accommodations that are worth booking.

This begs the question: how did Devil's Lake get its name? Originally, it was called mni wak’á? by the Dakota; mni translates to 'water' and wak’á? translates to 'pure' or 'spirit water,' which was taken by the European-Americans to mean 'devils lake.' While there is no devil or similar 'bad spirit' in the Dakota philosophy, the settlers referred to this lake as 'bad' due to its high salinity level and the confusing, often deceptive, mirages that appear across the lake. Today, the name of the lake - and the city that shares it - is nothing more than a name for a great North Dakota destination.

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