Devil’s Lake, North Dakota

Graham’s Island State ParkOther reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

August, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 6 out of 10 stars

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Weekend day…

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…non-weekend day

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
Noisy here, this is a large state park with several camping
areas and we were here during the biggest summer weekends
for fishing and camping.  No external road noise, just a lot of
traffic on the gravel roads which meant a lot of dust.  We are
being generous with our rating, guessing that it’s probably a
lot nicer here most other times of the year.  Seeing the park
rangers speeding around and raising huge dust clouds while
asking others to maintain a speed of 10mph doesn’t gain
them any points.

Road and site access/type?
Paved into the park, and the two older campground sections
had paved roads as well.  We stayed in the newer section,
which had gravel  roads and sites, thus the big dust problem
there.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
The new section had plenty of space between sites, except
for the ones that were designated “doubles”.  Those would
be good for folks camping together, but we liked the “single”
site that we chose (#177).

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
We had a full hookup 50-amp site with strong power
(although not so strong on the day we arrived and the park
was packed).  Water pressure was good.  The Verizon signal
to our phones was good, and the signal to our boosted
hotspot was acceptable.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, and they were good quality.  Firewood was on sale at
the office for a reasonable price.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
This park excelled here, the bathrooms and showers were
modern and clean.  Showers had benches and hooks.  No
laundry room.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Equipment for kids to play on was under construction
while we were there.  Otherwise there was plenty of space
for them to run around.  Plenty of grassy areas to walk
dogs on-leash.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
There were a couple of short trails within the park that we
didn’t try due to excessive mosquitoes, but the park should
get credit for having the trails.  We did walk around the
various campground sections, which covered quite a bit
of ground.  Bikers could get a good workout covering the
same areas plus the road into the park.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The town of Devil’s Lake was a 15-mile drive away, and it
was a small town without many services for RV-ers.  There
was a grocery store and a Walmart in town.

Comments:
This park was difficult to rate, due to the multiple
campgrounds within.  The newer campground had no
shade, but the sites were long and level pull-throughs with
good 50-amp full hookup utilities.  The older sections had
shade trees, but were 30-amp and water only, no sewer.
More problematic is that the older sections had many sites
so far out of level as to be unusable, except for tents.  I’d
hate to be assigned to one of those sites with no option to
move.  As with most parks in this state, expect very busy
weekends with crowds and noise, and at a beautiful lake
like this one the anglers will make it that much more
uncomfortable. This would be a great place to be off-
season, but then the weather could make it a miserable
stay.