Garrison Dam Lake Sakakawea

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Garrison Dam Lake Sakakawea

North Dakota

(701) 654-7411

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The Corps of Engineers' largest lake, and one of six built to control recurrent flooding on the Missouri River, Lake Sakakawea is the third largest man-made lake in the United States. The lake is 178 miles long, has over 1,500 miles of shoreline, and deepest part is about 175 ft. Sites of early Indian culture and of trading and Army posts are located in the area. The Missouri River valley dominates the landscape surrounding the lake, and rolling prairie split by woody draws, can be seen for miles along the shoreline. Wildlife abounds on the project and the lake is a birdwatcher's paradise. Recreation opportunities include boating, fishing, camping, sailing, hunting, waterskiing, jet skiing and scuba diving. This area is along the Lewis and Clark route.

Map of Garrison Dam Lake Sakakawea

Latitude, Longitude: 47.504214, -101.421661



  • Boating

    There are a number of boat ramps located around Lake Sakakawea and most are in recreation areas and some in wildlife management areas. Conditions are also ideal for sailing.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    The picturesque shoreline of Lake Sakakawea offers ideal conditions for camping. Developed areas have campsites with electricity, water, modern restrooms and trailer dump stations.

  • Fishing

    Fishing remains the primary recreational activity on Lake Sakakawea. The big lake offers a wide-range of sport fishing including pike, walleye, and Chinook salmon that give anglers lots of action.

  • Hiking

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Historic Sites

    In 1804, Canadian trapper Toussaint Charboneau and his wife, Sacajawea (also known as Sakakawea), joined the expedition led by Lewis and Clark. Sacajawea's knowledge of the unknown land and people proved invaluable to Lewis and Clark. In honor of Sacajawea's courage, the lake was named for her.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Public lands offer a great place for sportsmen to hunt pheasants, grouse, partridge, turkey, waterfowl and deer. There are a number of different wildlife management areas around the lake.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and grills are offered at several picnicking areas around the lake.

  • RVing

    Trailer dump sites and electrical hookups are available in the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    This large manmade lake is perfect for water skiing, jet skiing, and scuba diving in addition to swimming.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is a popular winter activity on Lake Sakakawea.


With winter comes much snow and ice, limiting much of the recreation available during the summer months.



Directions to Garrison Dam from Bismarck, ND: Take Highway 83 North and turn left on Highway 200 West towards Riverdale, ND. Directions to Garrison Dam from Minot, ND: Take Highway 83 South and turn right on Highway 200 West towards Riverdale, ND.

Phone Numbers


(701) 654-7411