Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir on the Missouri River named for the Native American woman who served as a guide for Lewis and Clark as they explored the Louisiana Purchase. It’s the third largest reservoir in the United States at 368,000 acres. It also, unimaginably, has more shoreline than the whole state of California.
There are plenty of sailboats, kayaks, canoes and watersports (on a calm day), but the big draw is fishing, with a capital F. The pallid sturgeon and the paddlefish, species that have been around almost since the dawn of time, are prize catches, but it’s the walleyes who are the main attraction. Walleyes gobble up everything they can in the autumn to get ready for winter, and they then might bulk up to more than 10 pounds. With North Dakota’s long-lasting Indian Summers, anglers have a nice long stretch to keeping reeling in the walleyes with crank baits.
Lund’s Landing Marina & Lodge
11350 Hwy. 1804
Ray, ND 58849-9236
Website: Lund’s Landing Marina & Lodge