For many years, downstream states along the Missouri River exerted great political and economic influence resulting in greater releases from the reservoir and lower lake levels for North Dakota anglers, recreationists, and lake area communities.
Dried up marina bays and unusable boat ramps limited recreational opportunities. In many cases, recreation became impossible.
Lake area communities and rural water districts had to contend with adverse effects to their water intake systems.
Lake-dependent businesses were severely harmed with too many being forced to close.
The Friends of Lake Sakakawea was founded in 2004 to advocate on behalf of sensible lake policy, to protect the lake’s environment, and advance the lake’s economic potential.
We work for all those who love and use our great lake: anglers, sportsmen and women, recreationists, cabin owners, businesses, and lake area communities and residents.
Our organization has developed collaborative relationships and partnerships with North Dakota’s congressional delegation, state and tribal leaders, local lake area officials, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, and North Dakota Parks & Recreation.
Over the years, we have extended those relationships to include the energy industry to protect water quality and guard against pollution. And we are working diligently to raise public awareness in stopping the introduction of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS), which will devastate Lake Sakakawea.