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Top 9 Things to do at Devils Lake

The calm, sheltered waters of Devils Lake are ideal for a relaxing escape. Pack up your kayak or a picnic basket, and get ready for a perfect day on the water.


Devils Lake is a kayaker's paradise in Lincoln City. Sheltered from the coast's wind, the lake's calm green waters offer a peaceful paddling experience. Breathe in the fresh air as you glide across the lake, surrounded by stunning scenery and the tranquil beauty of the Coast Mountain Range.


The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife stocks Devils Lake multiple times a year with rainbow trout. Largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead catfish are also known to swim in these waters. Cast your line from the dock or bring your boat to find the best fishing spots.


Find the balance in your life on a stand up paddle board as you paddle your way through Devils Lake. Sheltered from the rougher ocean winds, the waters of Devil's Lake are perfect for novice and expert paddleboarders alike. Glide across the misty surface and take in the gorgeous natural beauty around you.


Grab your swimsuits, water socks and snorkel—the mysterious depths of Devils Lake are waiting to be discovered. From any of our lakeside parks, swimming areas in Devils Lake are easy to cannonball into. At Regatta Grounds Park, the long sprawling hill gives way to a boat dock and swimming area, surrounded by a playground and winding, forested hiking trails.


Gather a wicker basket, a checkered blanket and watch the reflection of the clouds and sky in the cool green waters of Devils Lake. Spread the blanket out and enjoy a picnic lunch as the wind blows through the old growth Sitka trees.

Lakeside Hikes

There are several short hikes to explore around Devils Lake, winding through old forests and around hidden springs. From the Regatta Grounds Park where a 400-year-old grandfather Sitka Spruce resides to the magical Spring Lake Trail, these expeditions are tree-lined and provide gorgeous views of the lake.


Camping—a time honored Pacific Northwest tradition, and where better to pitch your tent than next door to Devils Lake? The Devils Lake State Campground features tent sites, RV hookups, yurts, fishing docks and a boat moorage.


In the early hours of the morning, you may wander along the docks of Devils Lake, taking in the cool, still air. Keep your binoculars handy! With a careful scan of the treeline, horizon, or even high above, you might spot the magnificent Bald Eagle, the graceful Blue Heron, or the powerful Osprey.

Hunt for the Devils Lake Creature

It’s said something tentacled and mysterious lurks in the greenish depths of Devils Lake. Local Native American oral legend speaks of a “bad spirit”, an octopus-like creature that dwells within the lake. Does the Devils Lake Monster still dwell there? While uncertain, watch the waters when you are out kayaking.

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