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Lake Sakakawea State Park


Located 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, including convenience store, fishing guide services and boat and camper storage. For information on marina services contact the park directly at 701.487.3315. Two large boat ramps serve the park for access to the best salmon fishing on the lake. The park hosts numerous fishing derbies throughout the summer.

Lake Sakakawea Aerial Photo

The lake itself is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the nation. It has a surface area of about 368,000 acres and is 178 miles long, reaching to Williston ND. As part of the Missouri River system, the reservoir was created in the 1950s with the completion of Garrison Dam, one of six main-stem dams built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation and irrigation.


Lake Sakakawea State Park is renting slips at its marina. For current slip rental rates please see LSSP Slip Rental Rates. For any questions about slip rentals please contact the park directly.


1 mile north of Pick City, North Dakota. (Maps)

Nearby attractions

Garrison Dam and Fish HatcheryAudubon National Wildlife RefugeKnife River Indian Villages National Historic SitePick CityNorth Country Trail • Coal Mine and Power Plant tours • Golfing • Lewis and Clark Visitor Center • Sakakawea Scenic Byway

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