Escape to the Lake

Scene from 2019 Escape to the Lake. Photo: Ashilee Larson, NDAD

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.

The 26th annual Escape to the Lake scheduled for Sat., June 20, 2020, was canceled in early spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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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