Heart Butte Dam on the Heart River in south
central North Dakota is a uniform earth fill structure completed in 1949.
Heart Butte Reservoir (Lake Tschida) currently provides water primarily
for irrigation & flood control.
Other authorized uses include
recreation & fish & wildlife benefits.
The Heart Butte Unit
irrigation lies in scattered tracts along the Heart Butte River to the
There are approximately 13,100 acres of irrigable
Lake Tschida derives its name from Michael Tschida Sr. born in
Vienna, Austria, in 1866.
He immigrated to the United States in 1890
settling in Mandan, North Dakota. In 1900, he moved to Glen Ullin.
was elected the first Mayor of Glen Ullin in 1906.
He was one of the
most vocal local leaders promoting the construction of the Heart Butte Dam.
He saw the completion of the Heart Butte Dam in 1949 & passed away in
Fishing & Hunting
The 7,575 acres of public land & 3,400 acres
of water at the Heart Butte Reservoir offer an abundance of wildlife for
hunting, fishing, & viewing opportunities year round. Heart Butte is well
known for its Walleye & northern pikes.
A fish cleaning station is
provided at the North Shore Concession.
In addition to the abundant
fishing, Heart Butte is a popular destination for hunting ring-necked
pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, white-tailed deer & mule deer.
Nine recreation areas provide numerous campsites.
Some campsites offer picnic tables, grills, shelters, restrooms, &
potable water. An RV dump station is provided above the Rimrock Recreation
Area at the Schatz Point Area.
Advance reservations are available for
Reservations must be made at least seven (7) days in
advance of your arrival otherwise all unreserved sites are available on a
first come first serve basis.
Self-registration Kiosks will be
conveniently located close to camping areas.
The Boy Scout area will
continue to be open to public use while the scouts are not at camp.
However, the area will be for day use only to allow easier access to the
fishing pier and bird watching opportunities.
No overnight camping
will be allowed to the general public.
Lake Tschida recreation areas
observe a quiet time from 11PM to 6AM Mountain Time.
Lake Tschida is the only sizeable body of water in
the area & has become a popular recreation center. Picnicking, swimming,
boating, camping, water skiing, & fishing are popular summer activities.
Fall & winter activities include hunting, cross country skiing,
trapping, & ice fishing.
Take pictures, make drawings, look, but do not
remove archaeological artifacts, fossils, & other geological specimens: it's
against federal & state law.
The past is for everyone.
Archaeological artifacts & geological specimens are part of the heritage of
this region, state, & nation.
Fish Species Present
> Gizzard Shad
> Northern Pike
> Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)
> Yellow Perch
Free Access Recreation
> Koehler's Point Recreation
> Rattlesnake Point Recreation Area
> Sled Creek Recreation Area
Schatz's Point Recreation Area
> Hawebesi Recreation Area
> Boy Scout
Reserve (When open to public camping)
> Crappie Creek Recreation Area
Downstream Recreation Area