"We commence building our cabins."
- William Clark, November 3, 1804
This simple journal entry marked the construction of Fort Mandan, the Corps of Discovery's winter home from 1804-1805. Through the winter, Lewis & Clark interviewed members of the nearby Mandan-Hidatsa villages to plot maps and plan the next phase of their journey to the Pacific Ocean. They also had the good fortune to meet a remarkable young woman named Sacagawea.
Today, we have a newly-remodeled Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and a new collection of artifacts, a new exhibit honoring North Dakota's family farms, and much more. We also welcome you to step back in time and visit the reconstructed Fort Mandan.
Intersection of US Hwy 83 and ND Hwy 200A, Washburn, North Dakota
-- 38 miles north of Bismarck (Maps)
McLean County Historical Society Museums
Painted Woods Golf Course
Cross Ranch State Park
Cross Ranch Preserve (The Nature Conservancy)
Lost Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Fort Clark State Historic Site
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery
Lake Sakakawea State Park
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
Coal Creek Station