Escape to the Lake

Scene from 2019 Escape to the Lake

NDAD's annual Escape to the Lake adaptive water recreation event provides adults and children with physical disabilities the opportunity to water-ski, take a pontoon ride and enjoy a recreational summer day on a North Dakota lake.

Plans call for Escape to return in June 2021. For more information, contact NDAD at (800) 532-NDAD (-6323) or email lstastny@ndad.org.
 

 
Escape to the Lake is held at Nelson Lake near Center, northwest of Bismarck and Mandan. Nelson Lake's water is safely heated by the nearby power plant, thus enabling a more comfortable experience for those participants who may have varying physical challenges.

The event is open to anyone with a physical disability who is a resident of North Dakota or one of its bordering communities in a surrounding state.

Each year, between 30 and 60 individuals with disabilities participate in Escape to the Lake, with family members, friends and other caregivers along for the fun.  Participants enjoy a complimentary lunch as well as the camaraderie and friendships that develop during the day or renew from past events.

Learn more about Escape to the Lake's history.
 
 
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