Friday, August 19, 2016

Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison, ND

Fort Stevenson State Park is about 2 miles south of Garrison and is still on the north side of the river. Garrison is known as the “Walleye Capitol of the World”.  Fort Stevenson State Park is 549 acres on the tip of a peninsula between de Trobriand Bay on the east and Garrison Bay on the west. There are two marinas and boat ramps, a replica guardhouse, which is also a visitor center and museum. They have cabins and campsites, from full service to primitive. There are about 10 miles of trails. A swimming beach and picnic shelters are on the east side of the park. They even have a prairie dog town!

                           Fort Stevenson State Park, ND (6)  Fort Stevenson State Park, ND (5)  

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Our site is a pull-through site, with 30/50 amp, water and sewer. We have a picnic table and fire pit. No internet in the park, but ours works. Verizon is 4G 2 bar with booster. We got 10 TV channels with antenna, two have local news and weather.

The Park takes its name from a 19th century frontier military fort located on the north bank of the Missouri River about two miles southwest of the park site, established in 1867. The fort was officially abandoned in 1883 following the surrender of the Sioux.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition made two campsites near the present day Fort Stevenson State Park, along with trappers, traders and explorers. Due to the changing course of the Missouri River and creation of Lake Sakakawea, many of these campsites are covered with water. The Garrison Dam is one of the largest earth-filled dams, constructed from 1946-1955, with a cost of approximately $294 million and furnishing hydroelectric power. Lake Sakakawea, behind the dam, forms one of the largest man-made lakes, with a surface area of 383,000 acres.

On our trip from Lewis and Clark SP to Fort Stevenson SP, we moved in to more farming area, and no oil wells. We did pass a couple closed missile sites.

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