Description: The Garrison Dam Downstream Viewing Area is located on the east bank of the Missouri River below the Garrison Dam. The area includes a large scenic campground with towering cottonwood trees and the picturesque shoreline of the Missouri River. It is adjacent to a large, wooded wildlife management area and a National Fish Hatchery. This area is abundant with a variety of wildlife which can often be seen while walking trails, exploring the riverbank, or driving along the road which winds through the Downstream Area.
Wildlife to Watch: Garrison Dam Downstream Viewing Area in located in central North Dakota and is home to a number of watchable wildlife in various habitats. There are numerous areas to explore and observe woodland and wetland species. A hike along the interpretive trail or shoreline will provide you with the opportunities to view or photograph both wildlife and scenery. Waterfowl and shore birds can be seen in large numbers on this stretch of the Missouri River, including several threatened and endangered species. A drive through the Downstream Area provides opportunities to view many species of birds, from Western Bluebirds to Ring-necked Pheasants. Spotting Whitetail Deer while driving is not uncommon.
Ownership: US Army Corps of Engineers
Size: Unknown Closest Town: Riverdale, ND
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
Driving Directions: FROM BISMARCK: take Highway 83 North and turn left on Highway 200 West towards Riverdale. Just past Riverdale, after crossing the Spillway Bridge, take a left on the Tow Road down the face of the dam. At bottom intersection, turn left and go 1/4 mile East and turn right onto the access road. Viewing Area is one mile south from here.
FROM MINOT: take Highway 83 South and turn right on Highway 200 West towards Riverdale. Just past Riverdale, after crossing the Spillway Bridge, take a left on the Tow Road down the face of the dam. At bottom intersection, turn left and go 1/4 mile East and turn right onto the campground access road. Viewing Area is one mile south from here.