County History and the DL Basin

Ramsey County was established January 4, 1873 from Pembina County and organized 25 January 1883. The county seat was Creel City, but renamed Devils Lake in 1884. The county was named for Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903), first Everyone of Minnesota Territory, later served as state’s Governor, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of War under President Rutherford B. Hayes. He was also namesake of Ramsey County, MN.

Ramsey County encompasses 1,214 square miles. The 1980 population was 13,000. Today the population is approximately 11,500.

 

Devils Lake Water

Landsat MSS false-color composite of Devils Lake vicinity, ND, 14 May 1973. This spring scene shows Devils Lake at a low-water stage that existed during the early 1970s. West Bay is a marshy wetland, and East Bay is much reduced in area and depth. Compare with next image. Image taken from Aber et al. (1997).

Landsat MSS false-color composite of Devils Lake vicinity, ND, 23 September 1988. This autumn scene depicts active vegetation in red and pink; Sullys Hill is covered by deciduous forest. Note suspended sediment in West Bay portion of Devils Lake, and many smaller lakes throughout the scene. This image shows Devils Lake at a high-water stage that existed during the mid-1980s. Image taken from Aber et al. (1997).

Landsat TM false-color composite of Devils Lake vicinity, ND, 8 September 2000. This image shows Devils Lake at its highest stage, when water overflows into Stump Lake (to east). Note the tremendous expansion of the West and East Bays as well as a continuous connection to East Devils Lake (EDL). Landsat TM bands 2, 5, 7 color coded as blue, green and red.

Devils Lake photos and information taken from: http://academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/wetland/n_plains/n_plains.htm

Devils Lake Basin Area Landsat Image Map 2010.

Photo taken from ND Water Commission Web Site.


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