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Deepest natural lake in North Dakota has been revealed

Deepest natural lake in North Dakota has been revealed

Did you know that North Dakota has a natural lake so deep you could almost fit a hockey rink vertically in it? I had no idea, to be honest.

Most of North Dakota’s natural bodies of water are shallow prairie lakes.

Of course, there are exceptions. Devils Lake in Ramsey County, for example, is a fairly deep lake. Especially in these times of high water. The deepest spot on that lake is nearly 60 feet deep, according to Wikipedia. I know I’ve seen about 50 foot readings before on East Devils Lake while fishing and hunting.

Even deeper than Devils Lake is Stump Lake in nearby Nelson County. I have seen 70 plus feet of water on my depth finder before while fishing this salt lake. Officially, Stump Lake is 73 feet, according to Wikipedia.

What about deep man-made lakes or reservoirs?

If we’re talking man-made water, Lake Sakakawea reaches down there. According to T & H, Sakakawea reaches a maximum depth of 180 feet, Lake Oahe is insanely deep and has depths over 200 feet, although most of these places are in South Dakota. Again, these are tanks.

I was more curious about the deepest NATURAL lake in North Dakota.

I have an answer for you. According to an article in the Jamestown Sun, the deepest natural lake in North Dakota is none other than Lake George located southeast of Tappen, North Dakota.

Google Maps screenshot

Google Maps screenshot

How deep is lake george? Try 150 feet deep.

That’s a crazy depth for a prairie pothole lake, where most of them go about 20 feet deep. Lake George is known locally as “Salt Lake”. The lake has very high concentrations of sodium and sulfate, which makes it unique.

A farmer friend of mine told me a story that someone released a shark in the lake a long time ago and it survived. You know local legends. If that were true, what was the shark eating? The lake is supposed to be too salty for any freshwater fish to survive.

The lake offers some recreational opportunities. It has a state park on the west side of the lake and a national wildlife refuge on the east side of the lake. Supposedly some people even swim in the lake.

It’s worth checking out next time you’re in the Dawson, Streeter and Tappen areas.

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