We don't have 10,000 lakes to put our toes in the sand in like Minnesota.

According to the North Dakota Tourism, we have more like 400 lakes.  That's a lot fewer fishing holes and a lot fewer swimming holes.

However, I will contest that we have more quality compared to quantity in North Dakota when it comes to our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, especially, when it comes to fishing.

The Missouri River, Lake Sakakawea, Devils Lake, Lake Audubon, Lake Oahe, and Lake Ashtabula are just some of my favorite fishing holes in North Dakota that offer up world-class Walleye, Northern Pike, panfish, and bass fishing.

And unlike Minnesota lakes, most of our lakes are far less crowded.

Yep, 10,000 lakes tend to attract hundreds of thousands of people. Shorelines littered with cabins and crowded beaches and way to many people for my liking.

The website Cheapism recently published an article that caught my eye.  The best place to swim in each of the 50 states.

Lake Sakakawea State Park Facebook page
Lake Sakakawea State Park Facebook page

Warmer weather is right around the corner, and if you find yourself longing to take a dip somewhere on a hot summer day I have to agree with this article.  This particular body of water will offer up some of the clearest and coolest water in the state.

North Dakota's Best Swimming Hole is none other than Lake Sakakawea.

Lake Sakakawea State Park Facebook page
Lake Sakakawea State Park Facebook page

The article narrowed it down to Lake Sakakawea State Park, near Pick City, North Dakota as the "best of the best" on the big lake.

I've spent quite a bit of time at Lake Sakakawea State Park over the years, and there's so much to see and do.  Not only in the summertime but all four seasons.

So, the next time summer starts to crank up the heat, it would be worth the 75-mile trip north to Lake Sakakawea State Park for some beach time.  You'll be glad you did.

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