US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

Projects

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

Published Feb. 27, 2015
Updated: March 21, 2019
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.

Location/Project Components

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 several 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 and operates the Upper Souris and J. Clark Salyer Wildlife Refuges.  Lake Darling is approximately 20 miles northwest of Minot, North Dakota.  J. Clark Salyer is 65 miles northeast of Minot, North Dakota.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has operation, maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement responsibilities as defined in a 1989 memorandum of understanding and subsequent defining documents.

Homme and Ashtabula are multiple-purpose sites with flood risk management, recreation and environmental stewardship business functions.

Lake Ashtabula site staff provides operation and maintenance activities for all three sites.  The USFWS staffs Souris River, and the Corps supports some cyclical and noncyclical maintenance costs.  Lake Ashtabula staff also provides significant support to readiness (emergency) response activities in local river basins.  Lake Ashtabula provides a 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                                    $2,355,000
Lake Ashtabula                             $459,880,000
Souris River                                   $162,101,000

Status

Awarded the contract for the fabrication of the six replacement bulkheads and lifting beam for Lake Darling Dam on the Souris River Project in fiscal year 2018.  The bulkheads are currently being fabricated and will be delivered in July 2019.  Funding in fiscal year 2019 will be used to repair the ogee crest at Baldhill Dam, update the Lake Ashtabula and Homme Dam Project Master Plans and complete boundary surveying and wildlife and habitat management on lands at Lake Ashtabula.

Fiscal

Site

FY 16 Alloc

FY 17 Alloc

FY 18 Alloc

FY 19 Alloc

FY 20 Pres Budget

Lake Ashtabula

$1,533K

$1,510K

$1,747K

$1,999K

 

Homme Lake

$284K

$285K

$338K

$337K

 

Souris River

$382K

$357K

$1,584K

$2,029K