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Lake Ara is one of several lakes in Haldenvassdraget. This lake system is located in the Akershus and Østfold counties running parallel to the Swedish border and emptying near Halden. In the summer it’s possible to take your boat through locks between lakes Øymarkssjøen and Ara or directly to Lake Aspern. Thus you can reach large water areas from the rental cabins or slipways in Lake Ara.


Lake Ara is in the Aremark Municipality. The name probably means Ørnesjøen and has also lent its name to the whole area. Located in the middle of Haldenvassdraget the lake has many large and small island and bays. Its shallow coves and headlands offer quiet opportunities for exciting fishing experiences.

The lake is regulated to a winter level of 1.63 m and in the summer to 1 m. The Secchi disk reading is average over mud and stone bottoms along the shoreline. The western side of the lake is for the most part shallower with more vegetation, while the eastern side is rockier with cliffs and deeper water. The houses and farm fields near the water are most visible on the eastern shore. The vegetation round the lake comprises both deciduous and coniferous trees, as well as private land all the way to the water.

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About this activity

Type of fishing
Större utmaning
Area, hectares
728 ha / 1800 acres
About the fishing
Spin and coarse fishing, trolling and ice-fishing.
Pike and perch can be fished all year. However, the best pike season is from late April through early June Perch is most active during the summer and pike return from September through November. Ice fishing for burbot is usually best from late January to early March. You will get more detailed information about seasons, sites, gps-positions and the like when you have booked.
Nice catches
Many pike measuring over 1m have been caught here, with many weighing over 10 kg. Perch weighing over 1 kg are common.
Fishing regulation
You must bring your fishing licence with you and show it on request. C&R rules cover all pike that will not be eaten on site, all over 80 cm and more than 2 pike per day. Fishing methods include spin, fly and coarse fishing, as well as ice-fishing. Minimum size for trout is 25 cm.
Fishing permit
The fishing licence is valid throughout Haldenvassdraget – thus the card for Lake Ara is also valid for all the lakes included in the lake system. There is no fee for youth under 16 years fishing with an adult. More information, see (link below)
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