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North Dakota is a state in the mid-west and borders the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. To the west, North Dakota is bordered by Montana, to the east by Minnesota and to the south by South Dakota. The state capital of North Dakota is Bismark, with the most populated city being Fargo.

The climate of North Dakota is one of very cold winters and hot summers. The average temperature in January is -3.8f/-20c, whilst in July it rises ro an average of 82f/28c. Rainfall is low compared to the rest of the US with 18 inches, but snowfall of 34 inches.

Lake Sakakawea is popular for diving. Visibility can be up to 30 feet dependant upon weather conditions and the depth reaches 100 feet. Normally, diving doesn’t begin until the ice has melted, which can be during mid-May. Water temperature rises to 60f at the height of summer. One of the best places to see fish is on the face of the dam, where you will see schooling shoals of bass and carp. As the lake is iced up for a good part of the year, a fair bit of ice diving is done. Some years the ice can be as thick as 48 inches!

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