Visitors at Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

10 Things to see Along the Missouri River in North Dakota

Long before there were scenic byways, there was the Missouri River.

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.

5525 ND-1806
Mandan, ND 58554
United States

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.                   

4480 Fort Lincoln Road
Mandan, ND 58554
United States

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 Drive
Bismarck, ND 58503
United States

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.

526 E Rosser Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
United States

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
Center, ND 58530
United States

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 8th St SW
Washburn, ND 58577
United States

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.


Riverdale, ND 58565
United States

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.

1252A 41st Avenue NW
Garrison, ND 58540
United States

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 NW
Williston, ND 58801
United States

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.

155509 Highway 1804
Williston, ND 58801
United States