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Published July 10, 2013, 07:16 PM

Business picks up at Devils Lake resorts

People are finally flocking to resorts along Devils Lake after a not so hot start to the season. A cold, wet spring has given way to nicer weather, which means the lake is busier than ever.

People are finally flocking to resorts along Devils Lake after a not so hot start to the season. A cold, wet spring has given way to nicer weather, which means the lake is busier than ever.

Tourist numbers are finally climbing. Resort owners say if they weren't doing well by now, they'd be in a lot of trouble. Employees at places like Woodland Resorts say they were absolutely packed over the fourth of July weekend. Owner Kyle Blanchfield says business has only picked up like that in the last two or three weeks. A cold, late winter and wet, early summer kept people off of the lake. But Blanchfield says fantastic fishing and plenty of recreation opportunities are helping the resort and tourists make up for lost time.

Blanchfield: "I think a lot of people were really pent up to get out and enjoy the lake. We had such a crummy spring and early summer and once we hit some nice weather, boy this brought a lot of people out together."

Blanchfield says he hopes the summer recreation season will stretch out longer than normal this year to make up for the slow start.

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