Published January 27, 2013, 05:00 AM

High-tech indoor fish cleaning station opens on Devils Lake

A new indoor public fish-cleaning station now is open on Devils Lake. According to Suzie Kenner, executive director of the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 20-foot-by-32-foot fish cleaning facility opened at 6 a.m. Jan. 19 and is located just south of Ed’s Bait Shop along state Highway 20.

By: Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

A new indoor public fish-cleaning station now is open on Devils Lake. According to Suzie Kenner, executive director of the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 20-foot-by-32-foot fish cleaning facility opened at 6 a.m. Jan. 19 and is located just south of Ed’s Bait Shop along state Highway 20.

With both heating and air conditioning, the year-round facility can handle 15 anglers at a time and has two grinders, a separate cleanup sink and a handicapped-accessible bathroom. The indoor fish-cleaning station is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Kenner said.

Partners in the project include the Lake Region Anglers Association, the city of Devils Lake, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, Devils Lake Access Committee, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Ramsey Water District.

Clark Williams, president of the Lake Region Anglers, said the high-tech facility is the only public, year-round indoor fish-cleaning station on Devils Lake and possibly in the state.

While several outdoor fish-cleaning stations are available on Devils Lake during the open-water season, Williams said the addition of a year-round indoor facility will make the Lake Region even more attractive as a premier ice fishing destination.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 8.

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