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Flood Control Sites (ND): Lake Ashtabula, Homme Lake, Souris River

Published Feb. 27, 2015
Updated: April 15, 2020
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.

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.

 
Purpose

Homme and Ashtabula are multiple-purpose sites with flood risk management, recreation and environmental stewardship business functions. Souris River Project is used for flood control and mitigation activities.

Location

Homme Lake is two miles west of Park River, North Dakota, on the South Branch of the Park River. Walsh County, North Dakota, leases land to operate a recreation area with overnight camping, a day-use area and a boat launch.

Lake Ashtabula (Baldhill Dam) is 12 miles northwest of Valley City, North Dakota, on the Sheyenne River. It has overnight camping, swimming, boat launching, and picnic and playground facilities. About 2,500 acres are used for wildlife management.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) owns Upper Souris and J. Clark Salyer Refuges. Lake Darling is 20 miles northwest of Minot, North Dakota. J. Clark Salyer Refuge is 65 miles northeast of Minot, North Dakota.

Description

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff provide operation and maintenance activities for all three sites. The USFWS staffs the Souris River site (Dam 357), and the Corps supports some cyclical and noncyclical maintenance costs. Lake Ashtabula staff also provide significant support to readiness (emergency) response activities in local river basins. Lake Ashtabula provides backup water supply for communities on the Sheyenne and Red rivers. Since their construction, the reservoirs have prevented flood damages as shown below:

Homme Lake                                        $2,534,000
Lake Ashtabula                                $555,051,000
Souris River                                      $116,480,000

Status

Six replacement bulkheads and a lifting beam for Lake Darling Dam on the Souris River Project are scheduled for delivery and testing in June 2020. Repair needs are being assessed for the fish barrier at Dam 357. Repairs to the ogee crest at Baldhill Dam are to be completed in early 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2020, along with updates to the Lake Ashtabula and Homme Dam Project master plans, completion of boundary surveys, and wildlife and habitat management on lands at Lake Ashtabula.

Authority

Lake Ashtabula by PL 78‒534. Homme Lake by PL 78‒534. Souris River by PL 97‒88 and 99‒662.

Funding

FY 2019:
Lake Ashtabula                                           $1,999,000
Homme Lake                                                  $337,000
Souris River                                                 $2,029,000

FY 2020:
Lake Ashtabula                                           $1,588,000
Homme Lake                                                  $352,000
Souris River                                                    $386,000