Lake Sakakawea: Water Wonderland

Where can you find a lake 180 miles long, that has more shoreline than the California Pacific coast and is brimming with state parks? North Dakota. Lake Sakakawea is a wonderland for anglers, boaters, campers and swimmers who take advantage of its immense size year-round. With easy access points around the lake, beautiful scenery and many places to drop anchor, there is something there for every outdoor enthusiast.

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Fort Stevenson State Park

Park on Lake Sakakawea's north shore was named for the late 1800s fort that served as a supply depot for other military posts in the Dakota Territory. Boaters will find excellent facilities, including boat ramp access, marina, fishing boat and pontoon rental and boat/RV storage. Also camping and picnicking facilities, cabins, visitor center, concessions, arboretum and mountain biking/hiking trails.

3 miles south of Garrison Garrison, ND 58502
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Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife abounds with than 246 bird, 34 mammal, 5 reptile, 4 amphibian and 37 fish species in the refuge's gently rolling prairie grasslands and wetlands adjacent o Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea.

3275 11th St NW Coleharbor, ND 58531
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Lake Sakakawea State Park

On the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, adjacent to Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea State Park offers a wide range of water-based recreational activities and facilities. The park has a full-service marina and ramps offering deep-water access to some of the best fishing on Lake Sakakawea. Also modern camping and picnicking facilities.

781 N 42 1/2 Ave NW Pick City, ND 58545
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Garrison Dam

Earthen Dam that creates Lake Sakakawea offers free one- to two-hour tours of the power plant, operation and functions of the dam, along with explanations on electric distribution of power.

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Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium produces a variety of fish species to improve recreational fishing opportunities and facilitate recovery of threatened and endangered fishes. The hatchery's visitor center houses five 300-gallon aquariums displaying many of North Dakota's fish species.

Fish Hatchery Road Riverdale, ND 58565
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Williston

Surfing in Williston? Only on a computer or at the Williston Area Recreation Center. The city most commonly associated with the Bakken oil boom also is bustling with things to see and do in the city and the nearby area. 

212 Airport Rd Williston, ND 58801
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Lewis and Clark State Park

Situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea, the rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands display a towering backdrop to one of the state's best recreation areas

19 miles southeast on Highway 1804 Epping, ND 58843
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Lund's Landing

A beautiful, quaint country setting with genuine hospitality, delicious homemade food, Juneberry pie, pan-fried walleye. There is a full-service restaurant, cabins, kayak, canoe and boat rentals, fishing, hunting, birding activities, camping, tipi camping and a Lewis and Clark interpretive trail.

11350 Hwy. 1804 Ray, ND 58849
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New Town

New Town is the seat of goverment for the Three Affiliated Tribes and a hub of activity, reacreation and attractions that include the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, Four Bears Casino and Island Girl Yacht, Earth Lodge Village, Four Bears Bridge and Crow Flies High Butte.

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Indian Hills Resort

All-inclusive resort has lodging ranging from primitive camping to modern cabins. Hiking and biking on the Nux Baa Gaa Trail, great fishing and hunting. Pontoon rentals for family fun on the water.

7276 14th St NW Garrison, ND 58540
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