Escape to the Lake

NOTE: The 2017 Escape to the Lake event was cancelled Sat., June 17, the morning of the event because of unsuitable weather conditions. Watch NDAD.org for updates on the 2018 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.
 
Escape to the Lake is held at Nelson Lake, near Center, a town in Oliver County, northwest of Bismarck and Mandan. 
Escape to the Lake poster


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 any one 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.
 
On-site experts from Texas Adaptive Aquatics provide support and guidance to all water-skiing participants, using adaptive equipment to enhance their experience.

Additional on-site support is provided by organizer NDAD and area groups such as Sporting Chance North Dakota and the Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts ski team, which also performs a acrobatic performance ski show. Past volunteers also have come from Minot Air Force Base and other locations across the state. Participants enjoy a complimentary lunch as well as the camaraderie and friendships that develop during the day or renew from past events.

Additional 2016 event sponsorship or support came from Revolutions Power Sports of Grand Forks, Southgate Casino Bar and Grill of Grand Forks, Pub 21 of Bismarck, Minnkota Power Cooperative and Oliver County Ambulance

The 23rd Escape to the Lake event is scheduled for Sat., June 17, 2017. For more information, contact NDAD at (800) 532-NDAD (-6323) or email lstastny@ndad.org.
















 
 

















2016 Escape to the Lake photos

Conor Knuteson, Knuteson Photography
See more photos and some videos from the 2016 Escape to the Lake
 
An Escape to the Lake 2016 skier gets help from two Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts side skiers on June 18 at Nelson Lake near Center, N.D.next image
An Escape to the Lake 2016 skier gets help from two Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts side skiers on June 18 at Nelson Lake near Center, N.D.
An Escape to the Lake 2016 skier gets help from two Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts side skiers on June 18 at Nelson Lake near Center, N.D.
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