It’s getting warmer and summer is right around the corner, and one of my favorite summer activities is heading to a nearby lake and jumping in! Swimming is the perfect thing to do on a hot day to have some fun in the sun, and North Dakota has plenty of spots for just that.
1. Lake Metigoshe
The breathtaking Lake Metigoshe up near Bottineau offers shoreside access to the water for swimming as well as the ability to canoe or kayak across the lake. The serene atmosphere is the perfect peaceful place to enjoy the summer sun.
2. Lake Sakakawea
With more shoreline than California, this place should be a top summer destination for anyone, anywhere. Everything that can be done in the water can be done here, and swimming is right there at the top. Plenty of beaches, plenty of opportunities, you cannot pass this place up this season.
3. Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake State Park, near Wishek, surrounds the scenic Beaver Lake. The park has a swimming beach and opportunities for some other water sports like water skiing. Make a splash on your summer adventures by visiting Beaver Lake - you'll be glad you did!
4. Devils Lake
North Dakota's largest natural lake is pretty much perfect for anything. Swimming, boating, fishing, jet skis, water skis, pontoons, canoes, kayaks... if it can be in or on the water, it belongs here. There's plenty of lake access around, including swimming beaches. Why spend summer inside when you can cool off and soak up some vitamin D out at Devils Lake? It's perfect!
5. Missouri River
So it isn't exactly a swimming hole per se, but it does have a ton of spots with swimming access as well as other water sports. And, quite frankly, it's beautiful and should be on everyone's North Dakota bucket list. Lots of opportunities for waterside fun can be found around the Bismarck-Mandan area.
6. Lake Renwick
Out near Cavalier, this lake is the optimal spot for a relaxing, warm afternoon to spend some time in the water or even just next to it. The surrounding area is dazzling year round and that plus the pristine waters will get you out of your daily grind and into nature without a care in the world in no time at all.
7. Lake Tschida
Also known as the Heart Butte Reservoir, this gorgeous location in between Dickinson and Bismarck and to the south is amazing for swimming. This is also definitely a place you might just love enough that you have to stay more than a day, and there are plenty of campsites to allow you to do so. Swim all day in the cool waters here and you'll make some unforgettable summer memories.
8. Spring Lake Park
If you're around Williston and need a place to go on your day off to cool off and soak up some sunshine, Spring Lake Park is just right for you. With its gorgeous waters and pleasant beaches, this place is very fitting for all things summer.
9. Lake Ashtabula
Visiting Valley City? Here's a spot nearby you should stop at with a cooler full of refreshments, some sunscreen, and a swim suit. Lake Ashtabula can be enjoyed by all whether they're by, on, or in the lake.
10. New Johns Lake
A ways north east of Bismarck, New Johns Lake is an excellent place to stop by and take a dip in the cool water when it's too hot to do anything else in the middle of summer. Nothing's more refreshing in the heat than a nice swim in a nearby lake, and this place is perfect for it.