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Published January 22, 2024

Lake Sakakawea Finally Frozen 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan
This December 28, 2023 photo shows open water on Lake Sakakawea. Note the low water level. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)
This December 28, 2023 photo shows open water on Lake Sakakawea. Note the low water level. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Second Latest Freeze in History 

RIVERDALE -- North Dakota’s largest body of water, Lake Sakakawea, was declared frozen-over on January 18 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

A very pleasant winter laden with several weeks of well above-average temperatures spurred by an El Nino influenced weather pattern, was responsible for the second latest freeze date in the history of the reservoir. 

The late freeze matches 2012, The latest freeze ever recorded for Lake Sakakawea was January 24, 2001. 

Latest freeze dates for Lake Sakakawea:  

1 – January 24, 2001   

2 – January 18, 2012, 2024  

3 – January 16, 2000   

4 – January 15, 1987   

5 – January 13, 2016   

6 – January 12, 1976, 1998   

7 – January 11, 2003, 2020 

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