FARGO -- As open-water fishing and recreation continues to throttle toward its summer peak, Northland Outdoors wants you to share aspects of your lake with other readers.

You certainly don't have to divulge your favorite 4 p.m. fishing location or the bait you use. We're just looking for a personal touch, such as why this is your favorite lake, the activities most popular at this lake and other characteristics. Of course, send us a photo of your lake as well.

See some early entries at the end of this article.

You don't even have to be an angler to participate; we'll welcome anyone who just enjoys the lake life and their recreational values.

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Submissions will be accepted throughout the spring and summer months. We will share your entries throughout the course of the summer season.

For those of you on the move, you can always submit more lakes you enjoy.


A view of Patterson Lake in western North Dakota. Submitted photo
A view of Patterson Lake in western North Dakota. Submitted photo


Patterson Lake

Stark County, N.D.

Lake features: Lake is 3 miles west of Dickinson. Boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnic, walking, playground, disc golf, waterskiing. My favorite thing is the different wildlife I see while floating along. We have seen cormorants, grebes, eagles, coots, pelicans, swifts, herons, blackbirds, seagulls, deer foxes, turtles and more.

Activities: Fishing boats and a few pontoons. Some waterskis and a few jet skis and canoes. A nice size beach for playing. Equipped with bathrooms, picnic area and walking trails.

Why is this lake your favorite? This lake is tiny, only 26 miles of shoreline and not much of that is beachworthy. But because of its size there are hardly any boats on this lake, especially loud ones. We enjoy the quiet and slowness of this lake. The wildlife is amazing from the boat and the smallness keeps it quiet and wildlife friendly.

Favorite local hangout at this lake: Right in the middle.

-- Lynn Dirk, Dickinson, N.D.


A view of Lake Oahe in central North Dakota. Submitted photo
A view of Lake Oahe in central North Dakota. Submitted photo


Lake Oahe

Burleigh County, N.D.

Lake features: Very fine walleye fishery with numerous sandbars that double as beaches in summer.

Activities: Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, personal watercraft, beach activity.

What species of fish are most common on this lake? Walleye, northern, catfish, white bass, smallmouth bass

Why is this lake your favorite? Lake Oahe and the river are the recreational centerpieces of summer recreation in the area

Favorite local hangout at this lake: My house

-- Jeff Weispfenning, Bismarck


Ali Juten and her family enjoy spending time at Island Lake. Special to Forum News Service
Ali Juten and her family enjoy spending time at Island Lake. Special to Forum News Service

Island Lake

St. Louis County, Minn.

Lake features: Like its name suggests, it is full of islands to camp on or stop at on your boat. It is a popular lake to spend time on in the summer for water-related activities like tubing, wakeboarding, skiing, pontooning and fishing. Boats gather each weekend at the rope swing to swing into the water and socialize.

Activities: Fishing, pontooning, tubing, and social gatherings at the rope swing.

What species of fish are most common on this lake? Northern pike, walleye, crappie

Why is this lake your favorite? I've had a family cabin here most of my life and it holds many memories for me.

Favorite local hangout at this lake: Island Lake Inn

-- Ali Juten, Duluth

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