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Lake Sakakawea and Tobacco Gardens

From Watford City, take Highway 1806 and travel north for approximately 26 miles to Tobacco Gardens Resort and Marina – located on the banks of Lake Sakakawea. 

The Long X Trading Post

Start your trip at The Long X Trading Post Visitor Center and Pioneer Museum – your destination for information on McKenzie County’s past and present.  Check out North Dakota’s Largest Petrified Tree Stump and pick up brochures on Western North Dakota’s vacation attractions.  

The Pioneer Museum lays a great foundation to any touring in the area. Offering two levels, the Museum presents the pioneering spirit of McKenzie County residents of the past and present. Visit the pioneer parlor and experience all the comforts of home. Check out the Prairie School and the sewing and quilting of the early prairie homestead women and Native American women of McKenzie County.  Learn about the last lynching in North Dakota taking place in 1931.  See a presentation on what it takes to drill for oil in McKenzie County and view the “to scale” Drilling Rig and Work Over Rig on display in the Oil and Gas Exploration exhibit.

Tabacco Gardens Resort & Marina

The Perfect Getaway, Tobacco Gardens Resort & Marina, located in the heart of beautiful Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River System, Tobacco Gardens is the ultimate place for launching your boat, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, or just sitting by the bay enjoying the scenery.

The resort is open year round and is pet-friendly. A full service restaurant serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner - with Prime rib every Saturday Night.  A convenience store providing Groceries, camping supplies, off sale beer, bait and tackle shop, gas on the water, and everything in between.  There are over 100 camp sites, two log cabins, family picnic shelters, two playgrounds, wireless Internet and hiking on the Birnt Hills Trail – a certified Lewis and Clark site.

The Birnt Hills Trail at approximately 2.5 miles is a great hike for bird watching, wildflower viewing and scenic vistas of Lake Sakakawea.  It forms a loop that begins and ends at the Birnt Hills Lewis & Clark Overlook – two miles from the resort.  

For more information go to or call at 701-842-4199.


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