There’s no place I’d rather be on a hot summer day in North Dakota than at the lake. I can be on the shore, on the water, or in the water – any of those can be totally relaxing and fun, and a great way to beat the heat now that temperatures are rising again. Here are 5 lakes in North Dakota that can provide exactly that.
1. Lake Oahe - South Central North Dakota
This huge lake spanning from South Dakota all the way up to Bismarck is a great place for all sorts of water recreations. If you want a great fishing spot, here's the place! Boating and swimming are also popular for this spot. There's lots of shoreline to enjoy some fun in the sun.
2. Harmon Lake - Mandan
This beautiful lake is perfect for taking a stroll or a bike ride around. In fact, biking is pretty popular here. Not your thing? Kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are some other awesome things to do on Harmon Lake. Whatever you like to do, this place is perfect!
3. Chase Lake - Medina
If you want to explore and see some absolutely incredible wildlife up close and personal, Chase Lake is the place to go. It is part of a wildlife refuge and home to thousands of pelicans and other birds that migrate there to nest. This is a place where you'll want to bring your camera for sure. You'll get shots you probably can't get anywhere else in the world. Beautiful!
4. Rock Lake - Rocklake
Alright, so maybe I included this one because of the name, but it is a lovely spot, too. Rock Lake is in Rocklake, North Dakota and does indeed feature rocks. Picnics by the water are perfect here and you can take a stroll through the small town with a population of 101. It makes for an optimal summer afternoon.
5. Lake Audubon - Coleharbor
This is another awesome place for wildlife spotting. It is part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. There is the chance to see over 245 species of birds, 34 mammals, 9 reptiles and amphibian species, and 37 fish species. WOW!
It really feels like summer time now! How many of you have already been out to the lake already?