“A scenic 2-mile loop that takes in the western terminus and views of Lake Sakakawea and Garrison Dam”
— Matthew Davis
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This route is a gentle, short loop that is perfect for the whole family.
This route overlooks the immense Garrison Dam and Lake Sakakawea and traverses a diversity of habitats.
Need to Know
Park entrance fees apply.
Enjoy the last (or first) segment of the 4,600 mile North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) in this 2.5-mile figure eight loop within Lake Sakakawea State Park. Follow the NCT markings on your way out and then follow the Shoreline Trail
and Overlook Trail
on your return. The hike features a mowed grass trail tread that can be steep in places.
While out on the trail, you'll be treated to amazing views out onto Lake Sakakawea, an impoundment of the Missouri River created by Garrison Dam. This Army Corps of Engineers dam is the 5th largest earthen dam in the entire world.
Learn more about the Park here
and check out the Park Trail Map here
Flora & Fauna
The mixture of rolling prairie, forested ravines, and planted shelterbelts create a diversity of habitats. You will most likely see pheasants and deer and possibly glimpse a coyote.