Sunflowers, Wheat, Canola, Lake Sakakawea and Big Blue Skies, North Dakota
Summer Search for Nux Baa Ga Trail and Elbowoods
Our search for the Nux Baa Ga Trail and Elbowoods took us across the colorful face of North Dakota. Fields of bright yellow and gold, and grasslands of emerald green were beautiful against the bright blue summer skies!
A sole farmhouse still stands in central North Dakota, surrounded by a brilliant yellow canola field, testimony to small farms which no longer exist.
Locate the Lost Town of Elbowoods
We searched for Elbowoods, the town beneath the lake, from the north side of Lake Sakakawea. In a previous adventure we had investigated its resting place from the south side of the lake.
The history of Old US Highway 8, Old Four Bears Bridge, and Elbowoods, North Dakota is found on information boards at Indian Hills Recreation Area, North Dakota.
The Nux Baa Ga Trail heading west, on the north shores of Lake Sakakawea near Good Bear Bay at Indian Hills Recreation Area.
Looking west across Lake Sakakawea from a hilltop over Good Bear Bay, North Dakota.
Buffalo Berry patches dot the rolling landscape on the Nux Baa Ga Trail above Lake Sakakawea at Indian Hills Recreation Area.
Brilliant red Buffalo Berries can be found in abundance on the Nux Baa Go Trail.
Dotted Blazing Star, a North Dakota wildflower on the Nux Baa Ga Trail at Indian Hills Recreation Area.
Prairie June Grass dots the landscape above Good Bear Bay at Indian Hills Recreation Area, North Dakota
Nux Baa Ga Trail leads to stormy summer skies at Indian Hills Recreation Area in North Dakota.
An informational sign on the Nux Baa Ga Trail relates the history of Four Bears Bridge. It was relocated to New Town before Lake Sakakawea flooded the area, and submersed US Highway 8 and the town of Elbowoods.
Information about the formation of contemporary towns in the Indian Hills area is presented in this historical information board on the Nux Baa Ga Trail, overlooking Lake Sakakawea .
Indian Hills Resort, viewed looking to the north from the Nux Baa Ga Trail.
Picnic shelter and information kiosk at Indian Hills Recreation Area.
A unique structure near the Nux Baa Ga Trailhead presents historical information about the area.
History of Indian Hills Resort and Campground at Indian Hills Recreation Area
The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States. Its free flow was stopped in 1953.
The construction of Garrison Dam displaced hundreds of families and was the demise of many towns as they became submerged.
The Missouri River flooded the town of Elbowoods when Garrison Dam was constructed.
Entire towns and populations were relocated when Lake Sakakawea was formed.
Astounding End to a Successful Day of Exploration
Summer storms began to brew during our hike! Fantastic scenes unfolded later in the day as our hike came to a successful conclusion.
Severe summer storms rolled in from the northwest just as our hiking adventure came to a close!
A brilliant bright blue sky turned into a deep blue sky as storms developed and thundered through the Indian Hills area at Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota.