The votes have been tallied! With so many outstanding lakes in North Dakota, it can be hard to choose a favorite, so we polled our readers on our
Only In North Dakota Facebook page. Truth be told, selecting just one photo for each lake, from all those that were shared, did not come easily – many talented photographers in our midst. Did you know that North Dakota has more than 400 lakes and rivers? Challenge accepted to visit 14 of the most beautiful lakes in the Peace Garden State, according to our readers. Let’s experience some lake life, shall we? 1. Lake Sakakawea
The overall fan favorite is Lake Sakakawea, the third largest man-made lake in the country, 75 miles north of Bismarck. Fish for salmon, walleye, and pike. Enjoy a full-service marina and boat launches. Visit Lake Sakakawea State Park, on the south shore, for hiking, camping, and a swim beach.
2. Devils Lake
Another reader favorite is Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota. Come for hiking, sunsets, and wildlife. Visit Grahams Island State Park. It is a good fishing spot, called the “perch capital of the world” – and it is home to walleye, northern pike, and bass, too.
3. Lake Metigoshe
Lake Metigoshe is in the Turtle Mountains, on the border of Canada. Lake Metigoshe State Park, on the western shore, offers kayaking and hiking. In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing. Swim, camp, or play at the playground.
4. Lake Ashtabula
Our readers enjoy fishing, camping, and hiking at Lake Ashtabula, located in the eastern part of the state. There are three swimming areas and seven boat launches. Have a picnic or play at a playground. Come to snowmobile in the winter, and for bird watching in the fall and spring.
5. Jamestown Reservoir
Jamestown Reservoir in central North Dakota offers fishing, hiking and biking trails, camping and cabins, concessions, and a playground. Take advantage of Lakeside Marina, boat launches, swimming areas, picnic shelters, and a disc golf course. Look for migrating waterfowl.
6. Stump Lake
Stump Lake, 12 miles south of Lakota, is peaceful and good for kayaking. Fish for walleye, perch, and pike. Visit Stump Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Stump Lake Park features a playground, walking trails, mini golf, volleyball, a café with a campground, and more.
7. Lake Renwick
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