Dakota Recreation Report

McLean County Independent
Dakota Recreation Report
Jan. 11, 2018
Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes:
*Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check conditions as you go along on the ice. 
*Jan. 20: Upper Souris Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge snowshoeing day, 11 a.m. Bring your own snowshoes with limited rental snowshoes available. RSVP suggested or reserve snowshoes at email, (fsourisloopr@gmail.com).
*Jan. 20: Ducks Unlimited state convention, Gladstone Inn, Jamestown.

*Jan. 13: Lake Darling, Makoti Lake.

Lake Sakakawea elevation, Jan. 8: 1,840.33 feet above mean sea level; 23,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) Garrison Dam average daily releases.
*N.D. Game & Fish Dept. game wardens: No new reports.
*Coleharbor, Totten Trail, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: No new reports but look for increasing activity on Lake Audubon.
*Garrison, Cenex Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon slowed somewhat but overall anglers are still finding some walleye. Try 9 to 25 feet. Lots of houses throughout the east end. Lake Sakakawea starting to produce some walleye in Douglas and Centennial bays with pike spearing activity in Steinke Bay.
*Garrison, 6-Mile Bait & Tackle, Lakes Audubon & Sakakawea: Lake Audubon has a lot of activity with numerous houses on the lake. Improving ice depth but caution still advised, especially on the main lake. Try 10 to 15 feet. A few anglers starting to go onto Lake Sakakawea but reports limited yet.
*New Town, Scenic 23, Lake Sakakawea: No new reports.
*Pick City, Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Lake Sakakawea/Missouri River: Lake Audubon producing a nice walleye bite from Nelson Bay. Missouri River generally quiet.

Downhill skiing:
*Bottineau Winter Park, Bottineau: 8- to 18-inch groomed base. 1 chair, 2 carpets, and 1 handle tow with 7 ski runs and 7 tubing lanes open.
*Frostfire Ski Area, Walhalla: 18- to 24-inch machine groomed base. Tube, beginner ski, and Terrain Park with Magic Carpet open.
*Huff Hills Ski Area, Mandan: 12- to 18-inch base with blue lift, bunny tow, and 7 groomed runs open.
*Terry Peak Ski Area, Lead, S.D.: 16- to 24-inch base with 3 lifts, carpet, and 7 trails open.

Snowmobile N.D.:
*All trails closed until more snow is available for grooming.
 N.D. Parks & Recreation Dept. trails:
*Cross Ranch, Hensler: Closed for cross-country skiing due to lack of snow for grooming.
*Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Trails open for hiking and fat tire biking riding but not enough snow for cross-country skiing.
*Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Not enough snow for grooming cross-country trails.

Numbers to know:
*N.D. Game and Fish Dept., main Bismarck office: (701) 328-6300, website: (http://gf.nd.gov).
*N.D. Game and Fish Dept., Riverdale office: (701) 654-7475.
*Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121 or (701) 328-9921.
*Friends of Lake Sakakawea, the region’s only organization working for quality lake access, weed control and effective partnerships, (www.lakesakakawea.com).
*Dakota Recreation Report & N.D Big Game Records Book: (www.dancingprairiearts.com).

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