Baldhill Dam Lake Ashtabula

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Baldhill Dam Lake Ashtabula

North Dakota

(701) 845-2970

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Lake Ashtabula is located 12 miles northwest of Valley City, N.D., and is situated in one of the most scenic river valleys in the region, offering visitors a wide range of recreation opportunities. The lake offers activities for every season of the year. Fishing and snowmobiling are available in the winter. The spring and fall bring a beautiful view of the migrating waterfowl. There are plenty of activities available in the summer, such as fishing, boating, camping, swimming and picnicking.

The Corps of Engineers operates seven recreation areas at Lake Ashtabula, providing a variety of facilities and services, as well as actively managing 14 separate wildlife areas at Lake Ashtabula. These areas provide quality habitat for many species of wildlife. All Corps' wildlife management areas are open to the public for hunting. Contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for seasons, restrictions and licenses.

Baldhill Dam, located at Lake Ashtabula, was completed in 1950 primarily as a water supply structure but also provides important flood control benefits along the Sheyenne River.

Map of Baldhill Dam Lake Ashtabula

Latitude, Longitude: 47.033982, -98.075295



  • Boating

    Seven boat launching ramps are maintained to provide boaters and fisherman access to all areas of the lake.

  • Camping

    There are four different campgrounds to choose from, as well as two primitive hike in campsites accessible from the North Country National Scenic Trail. All campgrounds offer trailer sites with electrical hookups, as well as tent sites.

  • Fishing

    Lake Ashtabula has an abundant population of walleye, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch and black bullheads. The name "Ashtabula" is a Native American word meaning "Fish River," which suits its fish population.

  • Hiking

    Lake Ashtabula is home to 35 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail. This trail is a 4,200 mile long non-motorized hiking trail that starts near Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota and ends in Crown Point, New York.

  • Hunting

    The Corps of Engineers actively manages 2,800 acres of land surrounding Lake Ashtabula for wildlife. This Land, which is a diverse combination of grassland, woodland and shrub-land habitats, is open to the public for hunting.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities and playgrounds are located at almost all sites.

  • Water Sports

    There are three designated swimming areas around the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Groomed cross-country ski trails are maintained, weather permitting, at Eggert's Landing and Mel Rieman.



Take the Valley City exit #292 from I-94, follow signs to county road 19, NE about 12 miles.

Phone Numbers


(701) 845-2970

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777