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Mirror Lake offers recreational plenty of opportunities

HETTINGER — Following a tough winter — which began in the Adams County and North Dakota-South Dakota border areas by a massive blizzard last October — spring is in the air in this small border town.

One sure sign of spring is the melting ice on Mirror Lake, which sits just to the south of downtown Hettinger and provides residents and visitors with year-round recreational opportunities.

With ice fishing season now in the rearview, Hettinger Park Board member Theo Schalesky said Tuesday that the warmer months are when the lake, along with its namesake Mirror Lake Park, see the most action.

“I think it’s a big benefit to the community of Hettinger,” Schalesky said. “You get a lot of picnics and there’s always stuff going on over the Fourth of July. Kids, of course, go down to the lake a lot during the summer and we get a lot of family reunions and things like that.”

Mostly quiet with a wintery chill still in the air in mid-March, the lake is sure to be hopping during summer weekends.

Mirror Lake Park, on the south end of Main Street, offers modern camping facilities with hook-ups, a bandshell complete with a dance floor and a walking and running path around the lake, according to Hettinger’s city website.

Mirror Lake also offers boating opportunities, though just non-motor watercraft are allowed. The town is also treated, during the warmer months, to the sight of Centennial Fountain, which spews water at the big North Dakota sky which blankets Hettinger.

For more information on Hettinger, contact the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce and Adams County Development Corp. at 701-567-2531.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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