city in McLean County, North Dakota, United States

Garrison is a town of 1,500 people (2018) in the Lakes and Gardens region of North Dakota.


Get inEdit

Map of Garrison (North Dakota)

By carEdit

From Interstate 94 in Bismarck, take US 83 north about 70 miles, then west on ND 37/1804 approximately 3 miles.

From US 2 or 52 in Minot, take US 83 south about 40 miles, then west on ND 37/1804.

By busEdit

  • Souris Basin Transportation, +1 701 463-2600, offers departures to Minot every first Monday of the month, and departures to Bismarck every third Monday of the month. Call before 4PM Central Time the day before.
  • New Town Bus Lines, +1 701 852-2477, provides service between Minot and Bismarck every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays. The bus will not stop in Garrison without prior reservations.

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Get aroundEdit

  • Souris Basin Transportation, +1 701 463-7360, offers local dial-a-ride service. Call before 4PM Central Time the day before.


Garrison Dam
  • Fishing Hall of Fame (City Park), +1 701 463-2843. Monday to Friday 1-6PM, Sa Su 11AM-5PM. Displays of fishing memorabilia and tributes to ND fishermen.
  • Camp Atchison State Historic Site. Marks the location of the 1863 Sibley Expedition camp that was garrisoned by 1,000 soldiers. Free, donations welcome.
  • 1 Fort Stevenson State Park, 1252A 41st Ave NW (on the north shore of Lake Sakakawea), +1 701 337-5576, . Named for a late 1800s frontier fort that served as a supply depot for Dakota Territory’s military posts. It is a favorite spot for fishing walleye on the lake. Excellent facilities for boating will find excellent facilities within the park, including concessions, boat rentals, storage and slip rentals. Canoe and kayak rentals. 438 acres, modern and primitive camping, comfort station, campsite reservations, sewage dump station, playground, marina, boat ramp, fishing boat rentals, camp store, fish-cleaning station, swimming, restaurant, picnic shelter, hiking and Guardhouse Interpretive Center, camping cabins. Also has cross-country ski trails and snowmobiling in winter. Camping $17-30/night. Cabins $60-70/night.    
  • Fort Stevenson Guardhouse (3 miles south of Garrison on County Road 15). An interpretive center depicts frontier military and American Indian history of the fort. Open year-round: 10AM to 5PM, except weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day when it stays open until 9PM.
  • 2 Garrison Dam and Power Plant (30 miles southwest along ND 200), +1 701 654-7441. Free one- to two-hour narrative tour on the operative and functions of the dam, power plant and outlet works along with electric distributions of power. Open Memorial to Day-Labor Day, tours hourly noon-4PM    
  • Heritage Park Museum (1 block west of Main Street on First Avenue Northwest), +1 701 463-2519. Early railroad depot, two homestead houses, a log cabin, early schoolhouse, church and the original telephone office. Three picnic shelters and restroom facilities. Open Memorial Day to Labor day on Fridays 11AM to 4PM, and by appointment
  • McLean County Ag Show (Garrison High School Gymnasium), +1 701 463-2818, toll-free: +1-800-799-4242. Agricultural tradeshow with exhibitors, demonstrations, speakers and concessions. Sponsored by Garrison FFA chapter.


  • North Dakota Governor’s Cup Walleye Fishing Derby. Held annually at Fort Stevenson State Park.
  • Biking, +1 701 337-5576, toll-free: +1-800-799-4242. Annual CANDISC 420-mile bicycle tour in early August. Fort Stevenson State Park serves as the staging area for the event. Bike the Enchanted Highway [dead link] featuring large outdoor metal sculptures. Explore the Lewis and Clark trail
  • Garrison Golf Course, +1 701 337-5420. 18 holes $28, carts $18/seat.





  • Lake Wood Motel, 401 4th St SE, +1 701 463-8404.
  • Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast, 101 E Central Ave, +1 701 463-2465. 3-story Victorian home, home-cooked breakfast.
  • Indian Hills Resort & Campground, 7302 14th St. NW (35 miles west of Garrison on Highway 1804), +1 701 743-4122. Two-bedroom units with kitchenettes, log camping cabins, RV and primitive camping. Families and groups of 8-10 people can also stay at the Arrowhead Lodge. 1.25-mile single track interpretive Lewis and Clark trail. Open May 15 thru October 25. Shower, sewer, bait, tackle, boat ramp, guide service, fish cleaning station, concessions, 50 RV sites with electrical hook-ups, and primitive camping.
  • Douglas Bay Recreation Area Campground (11 miles west, 8 miles south of Garrison), +1 701 654-7411. Primitive campsites with picnic table and grill, restroom vault, boat ramp, courtesy dock, drinking water.
  • Steinke Bay (3 miles east, 2 miles south of Garrison), +1 701 462-8541. Primitive camping.
  • Stoney Hill RV Park, Hwy 37 E (across from Garrison Golf Course and 4 miles from Lake Sakakawea), +1 701 337-2193, toll-free: +1-800-337-6509. 22 RV full hook ups, sewer, water, electric, bathhouse, showers. Sportsmen's Centennial Park Campground, located 5 miles east, 3 miles south, 1 mile west of Garrison. Open May 1-October 31. Provides 105 RV sites, 18 electric, showers, toilets, swim, bait and tackle, concessions, fish-cleaning station, boat ramp, picnic shelters, multi-purpose room for meetings

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