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Learn how Friend funding helps Devil’s Lake State Park create a successful experience for visitors and staff.


How Friends Dollars Support Devil’s Lake

Over the years, Friends members and volunteers have contributed to many valuable efforts, including events, staffing, facilities repairs and capital improvement projects. Some of the more regular contributions include monies toward:

  • Hosting special events, such as the Halloween Candlelight hike and Summer Concert Series, or Voyageur Fur Trade Encampment

  • Building and installing Memorial Benches, placed on trails throughout the Park

  • Planting trees (always beautiful and helpful!) and maintaining trails (a constant need!)

  • Staffing supplemental help in the Nature Center and Visitor Center

  • Supporting the annual Devils Challenge Triathlon

Repairs and Capital Improvements

Many members want to get a firm idea of where Friends dollars go to help and support Devil’s Lake State Park. The below chart details specific purchases and efforts from the Heritage Funds from 2015 - 2018, which is just one way in which we support the Park. The chart illustrates a typical mix of repairs, improvements, and Park staff benefits Friends money goes toward in a given year. 


Year & Donations

Examples of improvement & repair projects funded by Friends donations.


  • Scenic viewer repairs

  • Chamber of Commerce memberships

  • Bathroom improvements to Headquarters and Rock Elm Shelter buildings

  • Replace picnic table boards

  • Employee & Volunteer of the Year plaques

  • Maintenance tools

  • Campground host campsite improvements


  • Employee & Volunteer of the Year plaques

  • Employee summer picnic

  • Purchase staff radios

  • Purchase additional picnic grills

  • Install bathroom privacy screens

  • Spading trees

  • Replace tables and chairs in Red Oak shelter


  • Employee & Volunteer of the Year plaques

  • Annual meeting for Friends, Park staff and Concession Corporation

  • Carpet cleaning

  • Tree spading

  • Internship funding

  • Purchase emergency phone

  • Purchase lake buoys

  • Replace public bathroom lights on Headquarters building

  • Improvements to campground host campsite


  • Repair and parts for UTV, mower, and other small engine projects

  • Pesticides to protect Park trees against Emerald Ash Borer pesticide

  • Snowshoes to loan to Park visitors

  • iPads, sensors, and bat demo equipment for Nature Center

  • Purchase vault toilet blower motors

  • Repairs to Red Oak shelter

  • Supplies for blacktop trail paving repairs