Climb into the Sky at Crow Flies High State Recreation Area

Park Overview:


Just west of New Town, North Dakota stands the historic site of Crow Flies High Butte, where explorer William Clark used to look out for his partner, Meriwether Lewis.

Crow Flies High, which rises up to 636 meters or 2,086 feet above sea level, provides a picturesque view of Lake Sakagawea (also known as Lake Sakajawea or Lake Sakakawea), the Four Bears Bridge, and sometimes, when the tides are low, the ruins of the old town of Sanish submerged in the depths of the lake.


The old Sanish town was established in 1914 by the Soo Line Railroad, where a handful of families ballooned to a population of 463 by 1930. Economic and political life had been teeming in the area and the surrounding towns until 1953, when the entire town was flooded after the completion of the Garrison Dam.

The construction of the dam was mandated by the government to help tame the rising Missouri River, but it permanently submerged Sanish and neighboring areas, including the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Over to the West, Crow Flies High Butte was established to commemorate the old Sanish town and Lewis and Clark’s contribution to declaring U.S. sovereignty over the Native American Indian tribes settled along the Missouri River.


There are no amenities available at Crow Flies High, although there are interpretive signs that can help inform visitors of the various historic milestones that occurred at certain parts of the site.


Crow Flies High State Recreation Area is an ideal place to view the Lake Sakagawea and the Four Bears Bridge. Although there are no designated hiking trails, Crow Flies High Butte can easily be explored on foot by visitors.

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Park Details:
Park Name: Crow Flies High State Recreation Area Showers: No
State Park: No Electrical Hookups: No
Address: Latitude: 47.9825159 Longitude: -102.5457375 Playground: No
City: New Town Acreage: 253
State: North Dakota Horses Allowed: No
Zip Code: 58763 Picknicking: No
Phone Number: (701) 627-4812 Boating: No
Toll Free Number: Canoeing: No
Reservation Number: Water Skiing: No
Email Address: Fishing: No
RV Sites: No Swimming: No
Pets Allowed: No Restaurant: No
Hiking: Yes Reservations Allowed: No
Biking: No Others: Interpretive Signs
Cabins & Lodging: No Tent Camping: No


There are no fees for visiting Crow Flies High.

Hours and Seasons:

The state recreation site is open everyday, but it is for day-use only. No primitive camping is allowed in the area.