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Lake Sakakawea, ND

Created by by Garrison Dam on the Missouri River, Lake Sakakawea is home to quality walleye and smallie fishing, plus big pike and salmon. This giant, 368,000-acre lake is located in the west-central part of the state, stretching from Garrison to Williston.

If you like fishing the shallows around the shore, there is over 1,300 miles of shoreline to explore. If you like structure fishing or trolling, there is almost 180 miles of river channel, ledges and humps. In addition to bass, walleye, pike and salmon, the lake has healthy populations of catfish and sauger. Well over a dozen boat launch ramps are scattered up and down the lake for boat access from either the north or the south side of the lake. Kayaks and canoes can be launched from many of the public access areas, parks and campgrounds. Several marinas provide boating services, some with rental boats.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, Chinook salmon, northern pike and sauger at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Sakakawea

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Most Popular Bass Lures
Most Popular Bass Lures

Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Chinook salmon Northern pike Sauger

Lake Sakakawea Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Beulah Bay Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off 6th Street NW, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Camp of the Cross Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 13th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Dakota Waters Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Beulah Bay Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Douglas Creek Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 14th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Douglas Creek Public Use Area North Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 11th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Douglas Creek Public Use Area South Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 11th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Fort Stevensons State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 41st Avenue NW, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Garrision Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 13th Street NW,this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Government Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Lawson Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hazen Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Hazen Bay Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Lewis & Clark State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 119th Road NW, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

McKenzie Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off McKenzie Bay Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Parshall Bay West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 80th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Rodeo Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off 42 1/2 Avenue NW, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Sakakawea State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off 42 1/2 Avenue NW, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Sportsmens Centenial Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 14th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Steinke Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 38th Avenue NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Van Hook Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 38th Street NW, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramps with a docks and gravel parking.

West Totten Trail Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 14th Street NW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

White Earth Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off C Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Wolf Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off 9th Street NW, this is a two, two-lane, concrete ramps with a dock and gravel parking.

Marinas

De Trobriand Bay Marina
1252 41st Ave NW
Garrison, ND 58540
701 337-5576

Lake Sakakawea State Park Marina
42 1/2 Ave NW
Pick City, ND 58545
701 487-3315

Lund's Landing Marina & Lodge
11350 Hwy. 1804
Ray, North Dakota 58849
701 568-3474

Tobacco Gardens Resort & Marina
4781 ND-1806
Watford City, ND 58854
701 842-4199

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Sakakawea State Park Campground - 701 487-3315

Downstream Campground - 701 654-7701

Morning Star Campground - 701 654-7636

Wolf Creek Campground - 701 654-7411

Fort Stevenson State Park Campground - 701 337-5576

Parshall Bay Campground - 701 654-7411

Brendle's Bay Campground - 701 862-3611

Van Hook Resort Campground - 701 627-3377

New Town Marina Campground - 701 627-3900

Little Beaver Campground - 530 534-6500

Lewis and Clark State Park Campground - 701 859-3071

Dakota Waters Resort Campground - 701 873-5800

Stoney Hill RV Park - 701 337-2026

Lake Sakakawea ND Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Lake Sakakawea
Lake Sakakawea State Park
781 42 1/2 Ave NW
Hazen, ND 58545
701 487-3315

 

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