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Ice fishing access sites begin to close down

Published March 25, 2020

RIVERDALE, N.D. – Several ice fishing access sites at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Omaha District, Garrison Project, are closed for the season. The area continues to experience above freezing temperatures and ice conditions continue to deteriorate. As more access sites begin to thaw, we want to remind the public to utilize only existing roads and not to travel off road. 

The best way to view available ice fish access sites is through a mobile device. Visitors can download a free map viewer app “Explorer for ArcGIS” from the Google Play or ITunes App store, then search for “USACE-Lake Sakakawea Ice Access Map.” To view from browser on either a mobile device or laptop/desktop, go to https://arcg.is/jTe0T

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sakakakwea would like to remind the public, ice houses stored or left on public lands will be considered abandoned property. Fish house owners may receive a payable citation and/or fish houses maybe impounded.

We do not encourage or recommend driving on the ice at any time. Anglers are advised to use caution while accessing the lake as mild weather conditions can quickly result in unstable ice conditions. Ice conditions can vary from region to region, between lakes in the same region, and even on the same lake.

We urge the public to practice social distancing in these areas. The Omaha District urges the public to follow CDC and State and local public health agency guidelines and recommendations regarding health and safety, more information can be found at: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

For additional information contact the Garrison Project Office Natural Resources Staff at (701-654-7411).

Garrison Project Office Natural Resources Staff

Release no. 20-031