DEVILS LAKE – It is one of a kind, at least in North Dakota.
The City of Devils Lake, along with several other agencies,
recently opened a fish cleaning station south of the city.

It is not just another fish-cleaning station, though, it is unique
in that it is completely enclosed. That means ice fishermen can
comfortably clean fish inside a heated building and open water
fishermen will be able to do so in cool air conditioning.

“It’s the first one in the state, a year-round fishing cleaning
station open free to the public,” said Suzie Kenner, executive
director, Devils Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We
have fish grinders, tables, video surveillance, heat and air

The 20 x 32 foot building sits immediately south of Ed’s Bait
Shop on Highway 20. It is a central location for fishermen
utilizing boat landings on one of the busiest sections of Devils
Lake. The entry code for access can be obtained by stopping
in at Ed’s Bait.

“People are just starting to realize it is open,” explained
Kenner. “We think it’ll get more use in the winter because other
outdoor cleaning stations will still be open around the lake this

The new facility opened for operation Jan. 9. It includes a
handicapped accessible bathroom, a large parking lot and is
well-lit. The building is available for use from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“It is really nice for all of our hotels in town. None of our hotels
have their own fish-cleaning facilities,” said Kenner.

Kenner said the new cleaning station should be able to handle
up to 15 anglers at one time. There is ample table space,
overhead water lines and central grinding stations.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department played a major
role in sponsoring the cleaning station. Along with the City of
Devils Lake, other agencies contributing to the project possible
were the Lake Region Angler’s Association, Garrison Diversion
Conservancy District, Devils Lake Access Committee, Devils
Lake Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Greater
Ramsey Water District.

Reprinted by permission
Minot Daily News   
December 5, 2018