Downstream Campground at Garrison Dam near Riverdale ND seemed a good choice for the weekend because they have a fairly large number of walk-in campsites and we didn’t have reservations. We arrived shortly after twelve and scored Site #4. As we were arriving we realized that there is a fish hatchery  here that welcomes visitors so we went by after lunch for a visit. We learned so much more than we ever knew we wanted to know about the Pallid Sturgeon  and the efforts to save this 65 million year old creature which was placed on the Endangered list in 1990.  Our volunteer tour guides Darrell and Cori are amazingly knowledgeable about the hatchery operations and just a fun couple to boot. They travel the country in their fifth wheel RV volunteering in various places. And then we learned that Karen and Cori both lived in the same Kentucky neighborhood years ago!

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