Sheyenne River Bridge

By / May 4, 2014 / Karnak, ND

This is the Sheyenne River Bridge, a railroad trestle at the north end of Lake Ashtabula, in the marshy transition between the lake and the Sheyenne River.  Built in 1912, it is 2,736 feet long, making it a little shorter than High Line Bridge in Valley City and a little longer than the Gassman Coulee Trestle in Minot.  Railroad bridges played such a crucial role in the settlement of our state that we’ve chosen to occasionally feature some of them here, even if they’re not abandoned.

We’ve heard this one referred to simply as the Karnak bridge after the near-ghost town about a mile down the track.  Though not as long as High Line Bridge in Valley City, I would argue this one is more beautiful in setting. It’s remote, wild, and incredible.  This area is also part of the North Country Trail, an ongoing effort to create the longest scenic trail in the nation.

Sheyenne River Bridge

Look closely and you can see Terry standing in the road, just right of center, between two trees in the photo above.

Sheyenne River Bridge

There’s one narrow dirt road that descends down to the west bank to a boat launch and a short nature trail.

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In the distance, the windmills from a very large wind farm.

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Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

See also: Gassman Coulee Trestle
See also: Karnak, North Dakota

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My brothers used to fish down by the she yens dam. Brought back memories.


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