A lesson about Lake Sakakawea

30 Mar

Lake Sakakawea is a fascinating subject.  This lake was the subject of some office debate this morning – debate that required a call to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This was the question:  How many acres does Lake Sakakawea cover?  (Answer below.)

Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir on the Missouri River – it contains 32% of all water in the Missouri River system.  It was essentially created in 1956 after the Garrison Dam was completed, and is the third largest reservoir in the U.S.  The lake was named for the Shoshone-Hidatsa woman who accompanied the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

If you weren’t already aware, Lake Sakakawea is a renown fishery.  It’s also a haven for sailors, kayakers and water-sports on a calm day.

This magnificent lake is 180 miles long and has 1,530 miles of shoreline.  At its deepest, (at the base of the dam) it is 180 feet deep.  And according to the Corps, Lake Sakakawea covers 382,000 surface acres.


Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Attractions, History


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2 responses to “A lesson about Lake Sakakawea

  1. Brino

    April 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    At any given time, I would rather be at Lake Sakakawea than anywhere else. Good post.

  2. Donald Schmidgall

    April 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    In the ninties of our last century, during my retirement, I established Ted Gall Adventures where travelers would travel in a group of six like vehicles into Dakota Terriories. During 2009 a new trip was added featuring only North Dakota with a highlight of a trip around Lake Sakakawea (Sakakajawea).
    The full trip also includes T. Roosevelt Parks; four Indian Reservations; Peace Gardens; Agriculture with sunflowers,
    wheat, potatoes, soy beans and manufacture to many end uses as Pasta, Flour, Chips, soy bean oil, soy sauce; plus
    oil wells, wind driven elctricity units, Garrison Dam, energy production from lignitte coal early on producing volumes of
    airborne fly ash (now captured) carbon dioxide (now captured) and many more too numerous to mention. Travelers
    in 2010 in our TGA program will experience where I grew up,
    the fascination that I have is being the visual realiztion of all
    excepting the fast flow of the Missouri river and the 40-50 below around New Years Eve. Those that join my Caravans
    see why rural life is far superior to this big city living, with jobs
    being available for all that choose this special way to live!


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