Lake Sakakawea is the Corps of Engineers' largest lake with more than 1600 miles of shoreline and extends westward almost 200 miles. The lake itself is one of the three largest man-made reservoirs in the nation (only Lake Mead and Lake Powell are larger) with a surface area of about 368,000 acres. The part of the Missouri River that forms Lake Sakakawea marks the approximate boundary of glaciers that covered North Dakota, and Garrison Dam is one of the largest rolled-earth dams in the world. The Missouri River valley that dominates the landscape surrounding the lake, and rolling prairie split by woody draws, can be seen for miles along the shoreline. A portion of the lake, including the Van Hook Arm, lies within the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
The width of Sakakawea ranges from one to 14 miles wide with the Van Hook Arm being the widest area of the lake. The lake depth in the main channel ranges from 70 to 175 feet with the deepest portion off the face of Garrison Dam. Because of its size, Lake Sakakawea offers acres of wide-open area for fishing and water sports. Sailboat and wind surfers find plenty of wind energy to propel their crafts. 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.
Location: 2 1/2 miles SW on Highway 200 W