A lesson about Lake Sakakawea

Lake Sakakawea is a fascinating subject.  This lake was the subject of some office debate this morning - debate that required a call to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This was the question:  How many acres does Lake Sakakawea cover?  (Answer below.)

Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir on the Missouri River - it contains 32% of all water in the Missouri River system.  It was essentially created in 1956 after the Garrison Dam was completed, and is the third largest reservoir in the U.S.  The lake was named for the Shoshone-Hidatsa woman who accompanied the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

If you weren't already aware, Lake Sakakawea is a renown fishery.  It's also a haven for sailors, kayakers and water-sports on a calm day.

This magnificent lake is 180 miles long and has 1,530 miles of shoreline.  At its deepest, (at the base of the dam) it is 180 feet deep.  And according to the Corps, Lake Sakakawea covers 382,000 surface acres.