Lake Sakakawea makes up the entire northern border of McKenzie County. From approximately 13 miles south of the Four Bears Casino Complex in eastern McKenzie County to the Confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers to the west, one can experience the largest manmade lake in North America where the entire shoreline is open to the public.
Boating and water sports abound in Lake Sakakawea, where the entire shoreline is open to the public. Pleasure and fishing boats, sailboats, wind-surfers and canoers are commonly seen enjoying the vast expanse of clear water. In addition, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, and scuba diving are just some of the favorite activities of the thousands of people that use the lake in the summer.
Are you looking for the kind of fishing success that will make you want to keep coming back for more and more?
Well, Lake Sakakawea is teeming with the best fishing opportunities that you can find in north Dakota!
Northern pike, walleye and chinook salmon are just waiting to take your bait and fill your live wells to overflowing. But don't be surprised if you pull in plenty of other great pan fish such as sauger, small-mouth bass, catfish, yellow perch and a variety of trout such as rainbow, lake and brown.
Imagine latching on to a 70-100 pound prehistoric monster and battling it to shore! That is what awaits you when you try your hand at paddle fishing at the Confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in northwestern McKenzie County. The big paddle fish run begins in early May and usually peaks by mid-June.