Lake Ashtabula is located 12 miles northwest of Valley City and is situated in one of the most scenic river valleys in the region, offering visitors a wide range of recreation opportunities. Popular activities include boating, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, swimming and snowmobiling. The Corps of Engineers operates seven recreation areas at Lake Ashtabula, providing a variety of facilities and services, as well as actively managing thirteen separate wildlife areas. These areas provide quality habitat for many species of wildlife. All Corps wildlife management areas are open to public for hunting.
Anglers at Lake Ashtabula will find a very productive sport fishery, home to abundant populations of walleye, northern pike, white bass, yellow perch, and black bullheads. Baldhill Dam, completed in 1950 was built primarily as a water supply structure but also provides important flood control benefits along the Sheyenne River.