BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDoH) – Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed July Lakes Appreciation Month in North Dakota.

When thinking of North Dakota, images of the Badlands, wheat and corn fields, and even oil wells will most likely pop into your mind before lakes. However, you may be surprised to learn that North Dakota has about 4,500 lakes. Of that number, 450 lakes have public access and some degree of oversight. 

North Dakota lakes are desirable destinations for boating, fishing, camping and swimming. Lake festivities in the summer and fishing derbies in both summer and winter attract in-state and out-of- state recreational enthusiasts alike. 

Most state residents get their drinking water from groundwater or river sources. However, about 67,000 North Dakotans depend on a lake for their source of drinking water. 

As you venture out to your favorite lake for a fishing trip, a weekend of camping or just a leisurely boat ride, remember it depends on you to help keep the shorelines clean and the water Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) free.

Most importantly…If You Pack It In…Pack It Out! 

To help celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month, consider leading or taking part in activities such as: 

  • Organizing a lake cleanup project 
  • Organizing a biking or hiking event at a local lake 
  • Helping organize a local lake festival