Named for Captain Duncan Graham, one of the first known settlers in the area, Grahams Island is located in North Dakota’s Devils Lake. Located approximately 100 miles west of Grand Forks, this is the state’s largest natural lake—yet its shoreline and surface area constantly change due to its being in a closed drainage basin. The island is accessible via a bridge from the north; the state park is located a couple miles from the bridge, on the southeast point of the island. The park provides a year-round recreation destination for every kind of outdoor enthusiast, but fishing and water play are the most popular. Many just come to Grahams Island to kick back and enjoy a taste of “Island Life.”
With more than 150 campsites available, Grahams Island has an option for every type of camper. Spacious pull-through sites provide partial and full hookups for RV and trailer campers, primitive sites offer wooded seclusion for tent campers, and numerous group sites can accommodate large parties. The park even offers a few partially-furnished cabins. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings, and the campground features drinking water, flush and vault toilets, showers, picnic shelters, playgrounds, dog park, and sports courts. Dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed unless in designated areas. Camping is available year-round, however some facilities may be closed during the winter season; sites are $17–$30/night; cabins $60/night; reservations accepted.
Large and fairly shallow, Devils Lake is a hotspot for fishing, including some of the state’s best ice fishing. The park hosts several regional and national fishing tournaments, but casting for walleye, perch, white bass, and northern pike is a year-round activity. Fishing services in the park include a bait shop, boat launch, marine gas pump, and fish cleaning station. Other lake activities include paddling, sailing or relaxing at the swim beach. During the summer season, 2 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails are available for exploring the islands local woods, and in winter, 3 miles of cross-country ski trails are groomed for winter swooshing.
If you enjoy fishing, this is the place for you. The park is located on Devil’s Lake which is a fisherman’s paradise regardless of time of year. The park office resembles more of a fishing store than it does a park office, and the fish cleaning area was always full with people and their catch from that day. We stayed in a very private site (primitive site 64) right next to the lake. There were plenty of trees for shade and we felt secluded even though the campground was full. There are more open areas which seemed popular with the RV crowd- 3 separate campgrounds full. There is a boat launch as well. The walk to the bathroom was a little far from our site, but the larger bathrooms near the more popular RV areas were clean and had showers.
This campground is very clean. Thanks to the wardens for letting us know about storms in our area and where we go for shelter. Really enjoyed our stay
Nice flat tenting area with plenty of shade and plenty of views. It was a blast there
wonderful little stay for a wedding weekend at the campground event center. camped in primitive spot and we're pleasantly surprised by the large size of our spot. easy to pick a more private, or communal spot as you prefer. bath houses are kept clean and are rather nice. dog park is nothing more than a little fenced off piece of ground, but gets the job done and allows for off leash time. the event center is really nice with kitchen, bathrooms, outdoor seating, and playground. lots to do at this lake campground. staff was very helpful and accommodating with the event and camping.
there was smoke blown from the wild fires during our visit. made for some interesting sunrises and sunsets.
This park is on an island in the middle of a beautiful huge lake. You just drive out over a bridge, very pretty. If you don’t want to camp you can use it just to launch your boat for a day of fishing or use their very easy hiking trails. Close to the reservation and various Native American cultural areas.
Yay: shady trees, huge sites, some sites are fairly private, really clean.
Nay: kinda in the middle of nowhere, some sites are extremely open and sunny, not great for swimming.
Surprise: There can be flooding. In the winter I believe they have cross-country skiing?