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Lake Sakakawea

Garrison is located on the north shore of beautiful Lake Sakakawea.  The lake, named for the Native American woman who joined Lewis & Clark 200+ years ago, is the third-largest manmade lake in the United States.  It's filled by the Missouri River and contained by the Garrison Dam, the country's fifth largest.  This huge lake, with more shoreline than California, is home to numerous species.  Walleye is the most popular catch, but anglers can also reel in northern pike, chinook salmon, smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow perch, crappie, and sauger.  Click more details for lake access points with boat ramps.

Lake Audubon

Audubon Lake, a sister lake to Lake Sakakawea, was also formed with the construction of the Garrison Dam near Riverdale, ND.  The two lakes are separated by an embankment, which carries U.S. Highway 83.  Audubon Lake is 16,612 acres in size and features approximately 152.8 miles of Shoreline.  It is 59.90 feet deep at its deepest point and anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, and small mouth bass.  Click more details for lake access points with boat ramps.

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Abundant Water & Upland Game

30K PLOTS Acreage in McLean County

The annual PLOTS guide locates lands open to hunting through agreements between the Game & Fish Department and private landowners, as well as public lands such as wildlife management and waterfowl production areas.  Printed guides are available in late August from license vendors or by visiting their website.

State Wildlife Management Areas

WMAs are open to hunting, fishing, and trapping, unless otherwise specified.  Check the current hunting & fishing regulations and proclamations for details or visit their website.

PLOTS & State Wildlife Management Areas near Garrison:
Distance is miles from Cenex.

  • Custer Mine (5 East, 1 South)
  • Audubon (9 East)
  • deTrobriand (4 South)
  • Douglas Creek (11 West, 2.5 South)

Bloemendaal Guide Service

Bloemendaal Guide Service exists to execute this simple mission: Share the family joy of fishing with as many people as possible. We know that not everyone has a boat or the gear or the expertise to go out and chase big walleyes across Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota (and other locations in the Midwest), and that's okay...because we love taking people! Even if you've never fished before, we vow to show you the time of your life on the water, because there's nothing like the sensation of a fish from the depths tugging on your line when you least expect it, especially when that fish is of trophy-caliber size! And when that thing comes to the surface and rolls into the landing net...chills, baby! Chills!  Head over to to get all the information!

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Year-Round Indoor Fishing Cleaning Station

West of Garrison Cenex, South side of Hwy 37

Located just west of Cenex on the south side of Highway 37, it’s the perfect location to pull up with the boat & clean your fresh catch of the day. Open all day, every day, it has a state of the art grinder w/ cutting board, sink, and bathroom. We are so excited & thankful this became a reality with the help of GAIA, BLFG, and the ND Game & Fish. Now, fish on!

Fishing & Hunting Resources

ND REGULATIONS & LIMITS: ND Game & Fish Dept.  Visit website here.

Lake Access Points on Lake Sakakawea & Lake Audubon near Garrison

View all Fishing & Hunting Business information here.

Slip Rental, Boat / Pontoon Rentals
Fort Stevenson State Park, 701-337-5576

Fishing Guide Service

Bloemendaal Guide Service, 641-420-3214
Fin-Hunters Guide Service, 701-840-5401
Hap's Guide Service, 701-463-2084

Hunting & Fishing Supplies

Farmers Union Oil / Cenex of Garrison (Licenses, Hunting & Fishing Supplies / Bait)
Fort Stevenson State Park (Fishing Bait & Tackle)
Indian Hills Resort Concession (Fishing Bait & Tackle, Licenses)
North Country Marine & Motorsports (Boat Dealership, Service, Parts)
Superpumper (Fishing Bait & Tackle)
6 Mile Corner Bait & Tackle (Fishing Supplies / Bait, Marine Repair & Parts)
Betz's Gunworks (Gun Shop)

Six Pack Custom Cranks

Highway 83 Lawn & Leisure (Fishing Bait & Tackle)


Fort Stevenson State Park (deTrobriand Marina)
1252A 41st Ave NW / 3 Miles South of Garrison

Indian Hills Resort
7276 14th NW / 31 Miles W of Garrison on Hwy 1804

East Totten Trail Campground
1412A Highway 83 NW / Located right off Highway 83 north of embankment

Indoor Fish Cleaning Station

West of Cenex in Garrison on the south side of Hwy 37


Cenex Bait & Tackle