10 Things to see Along the Missouri River in North Dakota

Long before there were scenic byways, there was the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark took it to the Rocky Mountains and back home. Today, you can travel along the water route and see an array of attractions along the way, including Garrison Dam.

1
Huff Indian Village

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, the site preserves a large prehistoric village occupied by the Mandan Indians around 1450. Self-guided interpretive walk.

1/2 mile south Huff, ND
2
Fort Abraham Lincoln/On-A-Slant Village

Reconstructed blockhouses, the Custer House and Native American earthlodges dominate the grounds where Lt. Col. George Custer and the 7th Cavalry were stationed before the Battle of Little Bighorn. Earthlodges depict the lifestyle of the Mandan Indians, who occupied this site from about 1575-1781.                   

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Mandan, ND 58554
3
Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Cruise the majestic Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. Try a regular excursion or if you fancy a bit of elegance in your life, try our special dinner cruise.

1700 River Road Bismarck, ND
4
Double Ditch Indian Village

This site contains the ruins of a large Mandan Indian earthlodge village inhabited during the period of A.D. 1500-1781. The remains of earthlodges, refuse mounds, and the two surrounding fortification ditches are clearly discernible.

7 miles north on Highway 1804 Bismarck, ND
5
Cross Ranch State Park

Extensive trail system criss-crosses the park, which is purposely left primitive to preserve the land's natural beauty. The River Peoples Visitor Center has displays and information about the mighty Missouri River.

1403 River Road Washburn, ND 58530
6
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center/Fort Mandan

Newly-remodeled center with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and a new collection of artifacts, a new exhibit honoring North Dakota's family farms and much more. We also welcome you to step back in time and visit nearby Fort Mandan.

2576 Eighth St. SW Washburn, ND 58577
7
Garrison Dam

Held back by the large earthen Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea is the third-largest manmade lake in the United States. The lake is 178 miles long, has more than 1,500 miles of shoreline and its deepest part is about 175 feet. The Lake is a recreational mecca for anglers, boaters and campers.

Garrison Dam and Power Plant Riverdale, ND 58565
8
Fort Stevenson State Park

Fort Stevenson State Park is home to the Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament and two marinas. It also features the Guardhouse Museum where visitors learn the history of the former post.

3 miles south of Garrison Garrison, ND 58502
9
Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center

Confluence Center tells the story of the confluence of these two mighty rivers, as well as provides the same magnificent view that Lewis and Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they visited in 1805 and 1806.

15349 39th Lane N.W. Williston, ND 58801
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site and the Missouri River near Williston 10
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

For many years in the early 1800s, the post served as principal fur trading post of the American Fur Company on the upper Missouri River. Served Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Hidatsa and Blackfeet tribes.

15550 Highway 1804 Williston, ND 58801
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