Indian Hills Resort

Celebrating 35 years on Lake Sakakawea.

You are invited to experience Lake Sakakawea's famous Walleye, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass, and Salmon fishing. Maybe hunting Pheasants or Waterfowl is your game? You will find it all at Indian Hills Resort and Campground. We offer a variety of Camping and Lodging services from rustic Log Camping Cabins, Tent Camping and RV sites, to fully modern Lodging in the Condos or Arrowhead Lodge.


Weekly Fishing Report

  • June 12th 2019

    Here is what is happening in the area this week: Lake Sakakawea is busy this weekend with fishing tournaments slated for June 15 at Beulah Bay, Fort Stevenson State Park, and Sportsmen Centennial. In addition, Beulah hosts its annual roughrider Motorcycle Summer Bash June 15. That is also the day for the annual Camp of the Cross Summer Quilt Auction. Viewing begins at 9:30 a.m. with the auction getting underway at 10 a.m. at Garrison High School. Garrison Fire Department hosts its annual Father’s Day Fly-in Breakfast at the Garrison City Airport on June 16 with serving from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Twin Buttes Powwow Celebration festivities take place June 14 – 16.


    *Indian Hills Resort: Walleye are starting to move eastward with improving success around Deepwater and Parshall bays. Look for better success closer to Indian Hills as water temperatures continue to warm. Anglers might want to try minnows and nightcrawlers with some success now coming on leeches.

    *Van Hook Arm: The Van Hook Arm is good for walleye in 8 to 24 feet. Work structure and move around with success coming throughout the Arm. Anglers are pitching jigs in shallow water but also try nightcrawler harnesses or slow death hooks in deeper water.

    *Garrison: Anglers are finding improving walleye activity on the east end of Lake Sakakawea. Try back bays and the mouth of bays in 3 to 15 feet using a variety of presentations as it transitions into a typical summer bite.

    *Pick City: Try pitching jigs up shallow with nightcrawlers or plastics along the north shore of Lake Sakakawea on the east end for walleye. However, it’s also worth a try using slow death hooks. Pike anglers are still finding success casting crankbaits from shore.

    *South shore: Anglers are enjoying a little more promising walleye success around Nishu, Douglas, and Beaver bays. The bite is starting to transition from jigs and minnows to spinners and bottom bouncer and nightcrawlers in 8 to 15 feet.


                North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries:

    *Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases are running 1,850.15 cubic feet per second (CFS) with an elevation of Lake Sakakawea at 24,100 feet above mean sea level. With mountain runoff now coming in the lake will be high again this year but high water access remains available.

    *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 857 CFS with a river stage of 0.78.

    *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 14.03 feet while flows are running 59,500 CFS.  

  • June 6th 2019

    Eastern Lake Sakakawea Report

    June 5, 2019

    Patricia Stockdill


    Welcome to a fun feature on the Indian Hills Resort website, the Eastern Sakakawea Recreation Report. Check out what is happening on the “Big Lake”, lake elevation, Garrison Dam releases, and inflows from Missouri River System tributaries – and fishing, of course – all in one easy location:


    Here is what is happening in the area this week: Indian Hills hosts its first fishing tournament of the season June 7 and 8 when Bobcat employees take to the water. Welcome, everyone, and enjoy the Hills. Another tournament takes place June 7 and 8 at the Van Hook Arm. There is an abundance of activities at Indian Hills but for those wanting to celebrate National Marina Day, children’s activities begin at 1 p.m. at Fort Stevenson State Park south of Garrison. Folks could also skip across the lake June 8 for Beulah’s Suzzlin’ Summer Downtown Street Fair & Dance beginning at 11 a.m.


    *Indian Hills Resort: Activity is beginning to get underway in the area. Although the walleye bite is still a bit slow, fish seem to be moving east from the upper end of the lake with improving success around the beacon. Try jigs and minnows in a variety of depths

    *Van Hook Arm: More anglers are getting out and finding improving walleye success in the Van Hook Arm. While the best activity remains farther upriver from New Town to the west, it is starting to improve in the Arm. Try 16 to 20 feet using crankbaits or Lindy rigs and minnows with a little activity on nightcrawlers. Try shallower water around 12 to 14 feet for pike.

    *Garrison: A few more anglers are out on the east end of Lake Sakakawea with better walleye success coming from Douglas Bay. Try live bait rigs or jigs and minnows early morning or late afternoon. Anglers might also want to try Sportsmen Centennial or Garrison bays.

    *Pick City: The east end of Lake Sakakawea is OK for walleye but move around to locate the fish because there doesn’t seem to be any pattern yet. Try a slow presentation with Lindy rigs or slow death hooks and nightcrawlers or minnows but it’s also worth pitching jigs up towards shore in shallow water. The best success is along the north shore. There is also continued pike activity in the shallows using smelt or crankbaits.

    *South shore: The walleye bite is starting to improve with the best success around the traditional early summer locations such as Douglas, Nishu, and Little Soldier bays. Try pitching jigs and minnows in 3 to 8 feet.


                North Dakota Rivers Report, featuring Lake Sakakawea’s two major tributaries:

    *Missouri River: Garrison Dam’s average daily releases are running 14,800 cubic feet per second (CFS) with an elevation of Lake Sakakawea at 1,848.56 feet above mean sea level.

    *Little Missouri River, Long X Bridge: The streamflow average is 1,610 CFS while the river stage for canoeing and kayaking is 1.93 feet.

    *Yellowstone River, Sidney, Mont.: The Yellowstone’s river stage is 12.3 feet as mountain runoff starts entering the river. It’s flowing at 47,300 CFS.  


  • January 22nd 2019

    Friends of Lake Sakakawea Members:

    Below is a link to a very important legislative update. Senate Bill 2293, also linked below, will fund critical ANS enforcement to protect Lake Sakakawea and fisheries in North Dakota.

    Your Board of Directors authorized assisting in this effort and we encourage you to contact your legislators to offer your support and encourage them to vote in favor of this legislation. The hearing is later this week so your timely response is important. If you have questions, please let one of the Board members know or contact me. Email is preferred as the session is a rather busy time. We appreciate your support in our efforts.

    Michael H. Gunsch, PE, CFM
    Vice Chairman Friends of Lake Sakakawea
    701-527-2134 (cell)

    Read Senate Bill 2293 »

    Support Legislation »


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