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For some, adventure is a solitary canoe trip down the Missouri, retracing the route Lewis and Clark explored in 1804 - 1806. Others
find adventure on the back of a horse, scaling the rugged, unspoiled buttes of the North Dakota Badlands, or relling in a Walleye from Lake Sakakawea or Devils Lake.
Whatever you do to satisfy your thirst for adventure, you will find it in North Dakota's 15 unique state parks and recreation areas.
North Dakota's homesteading heritage is evident at Icelandic and Fort Ransom state parks, while the Old West comes alive
at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Little Missouri and Sully Creek. Nature lovers seek out the locations of Cross Ranch, Lake Metigoshe and Turtle River, while anglers head for our parks on Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake.
So pick your pastime and head for North Dakota's state parks - your gateway to adventure!
North Dakota state parks have more than 1,300 campsites where you can pitch your tent or park your camper.
All State Parks charge entrance fees year round based upon the level of services available.
Fees must be paid upon entering the park, either to a park ranger or by using the park self registration system.
Campers are limited to a stay of no more than 14 days within a 30 day period. In addition, not
more than one camping unit is permitted on a site unless it is identified as a group site.
Each camping party must clear its campsite by 1PM on the day its permit expires. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
Campsite Reservations - 800-807-4723
Nearly a fourth of the campsites in North Dakota state parks may be reserved. Reservations will be taken
starting the first Tuesday in April each year, with reserved sites available from Menorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
A non refundable $5 reservation fee is charged per campsite reservation. The reservation fee and full camping fee must be made
in advance by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover). Entrance fee will be collected upon arrival at the park.
For picnic shelters, group lodging or cabin reservations, please contact the park directly.
Icelandic State Park
Icelandic State Park offers the visitor a wide array of recreational and interpretive opportunities.
Located on the north shore of Lake Renwick, boating, swimming and fishing for northern pike and other game fish
are popular activities. Within the park are the Pioneer Heritage Center and restored historic buildings, which provide
a glimpse of North Dakota's homesteading heritage. Also to be found is the Gunlogson Homestead and nature preserve.
This early homestead preserves the state's pioneer spirit, while the 200 acre natural wooded area along the Tougue River is a
sanctuary for plants, birds and wildlife. The Wildwood Trail, a National Recreation Trail, winds through the preserve and provides
an enjoyable educational tour.
5 miles W. of Cavalier on Hwy 5
- 912 acres - Modern & Primitive Campsites - Comfort Station - Campsite Reservations - Sewage Dump Station -
Swimming Beach - Bathouse - Concessions - Boat Ramp - Hiking and Groomed snowmobiling and croos country ski trails - Seasonal Naturalist -
Playground - Picnic Shelter - Amphitheatre - Visitor Center and Historic Buildings - Meeting Facilities - Rent a Tent -
Community Hall and Church Rental - Camping Cabins
Turtle River State Park
Situated on the meandering Turtle River, this park was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers year round recreational activities.
Rustic picnic shelters, shaded by large deciduous tress, provide the setting for relaxing afternoon picnics. Modern cabins (no cooking facilities) can also be rented.
Mountain bikers will find a short trail specifically designated for their use. Cross Country skiing and sledding are popular winter sports
22 miles W. of Grand Forks on Hwy. 2
- 784 acres - Modern & primitive camping - comfort station - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
Hiking - Biking - groomed cross country trails - paved nature trail - trout fishing - Amphitheatre - sledding area -
Playground - Cabins ( capacity of 72 people) - heated warming house - indoor meeting facilities - campstore
Beaver Lake State Park
Beaver Lake state park is located on the west shore of Beaver Lake. The gently rolling prairie hills of the area
provide scenic views and leisurely walks. In the summer the lake provides opportunities for boating, canoeing, water skiing and swimming.
A stone cairn in the park commemorates the work accomplished by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) crews of the 1930s.
17 Miles S.E. of Napoleon
- 93 acres - Fishing - Swimming Beach - Modern & Primitive camping - Comfort Station -
Sewage Dump station - Hiking trails - Picnicking - Campsite Reservations
Doyle Memorial State Recreation Area
Located on Green Lake, Doyle Memorial is leased by the city of Wishek. The area is popular for camping, fishing & boating.
7 Miles southeast of Wishek
- 21 acres - Modern camping - showers and flush toilets - boat ramps - fish cleaning station -
picnic shelters - playground
Fort Ransom State Park
Fort Ransom is situated in the scenic Sheyenne River Valley. A scenic overlook on a park road high on the valley slope
affords a spectacular view of this uniquely scenic area, and a farmstead within the park
provides the setting for the annual Sodbuster Days celebration, with demonstrations and exhibits of early homesteading life.
The town of Fort Ransom is rich in Historical and cultural interests and is located just south of the park.
Canoeing is popular on the Sheyenne River during the summer, with snowmobiling and cross country skiing
are the major winter activities.
2 Miles North of Fort Ransom
- 887 acres - Modern & Primitive camping - comfort station - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
picnicking - hiking & cross country skiing trails - Amphitheatre - biking - Horse corrals - Canoe access and rentals
Devils Lake State Park
Devils Lake State Parks provide a wealth of recreational opportunities for fishing, boating and camping.
Called "Enchanted Waters" by the Fremont Expedition of the 1830s, Devils Lake is one of North Dakota's most scenic regions. The sprawling
lake with its hidden bays is the largest natural body of water in the state.
Anglers will find Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch and White Bass. The surrounding hills,
heavily wooded with oak, ash, elm, and aspen, are populated with deer, wild turkey and small game.
The 1,187 acre park system, which is the key recreational development of the Garrison Diversion Project, includes three recreation areas on the lake -
Grahams Island State Park, Shelvers Grove State Recreation Area, and a boat access area at Black Tiger Bay.
152 S. Duncan Rd
Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area
Black Tiger Bay has opened up one of the best fishing areas on Devils Lake. A one lane boat ramp and parking area have been provided for users.
18 miles S.E. of Devils Lake
- 10 acres - Boat Ramp - Parking - Fishing - Boating - Vault Toilet
Grahams Island State Park
Named after the first known white settler in the area, Captain Duncan Graham, this state park is the largest
recreation area in Devils Lake State Parks system. The park offers modern and tenting camping facilities, boat ramp, fishing and other water sports.
15 miles S.W. of Devils Lake
- 1,122 acres - modern and primitive camping - comfort station - camping reservations - sewage dump station -
boat ramp - fish cleaning station - bait shop - playground - hiking trails - group picnic shelter -
group activities center - camping cabins
Lake Metigoshe State Park
Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe State Park, this park was constructed by the
Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. Lake Metigoshe, one of the cleanest natural fresh water lakes
in North Dakota, is noted for its northern pike, walleye and perch. Winter provides opportunities for snowmobiling, cross country skiing,
skating, sledding, and ice fishing. The snowmobile trails within the park connect with over 300 miles of groomed trails throughout the Turtle Mountains.
The rolling hills, aspen forest and small lakes attract nature and photography lovers to the area to capture these
sights on film. The Old Oak Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is found within the park boundaries,
Modern Cabins, group dorms, kitchen and meeting facilities are also available.
16 miles N.E. of Bottineau
- 1,551 acres - modern & primitive camping - comfort station - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
picnicking - picnic shelters - boat ramp - swimming beach with bathhouse - fishing - accessible fishing dock -
canoe rentals - mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling and groomed cross country skiing trails -
Cross Country Ski equipment rentals - sledding hill - playground - amphitheatre - Environmental learning center -
3 family cabins - group dorm with kitchen and meeting facilities (Capacity of 120 people)
Cross Ranch State Park
Located along seven miles of the last free flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River, Cross Ranch State Park is rich in both cultural and natural history.
A boat ramp is available for those wishing to explore this scenic segment of the river, while anglers will find
walleye, pike and bass in its waters. An extensive trail system can be explored either on foot or on cross country skis during the winter months. During the summer, the trails allow access to a
5,000 acre dedicated nature preserve where mixed grass prairie, river bottom forests and woody draws can be seen.
A back country area is open for those wishing to hike to their camping spot.
12 miles S.E. of Hensler
- 589 acres - semi modern & primitive camping - showers - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
picnicking - boat ramp - canoe rentals - fishing - hiking and groomed cross country skiing trails -
visitors center and warming house - cabins
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Rich in both military and early Indian history, Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and cavalry post.
It was from this fort that Lt.Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry rode out on their ill fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Bighorn.
Portions of the military post, including Custer House, have been recontructed. Popular with visitors is On-A-Slant Indian Village.
Reconstruced earthlodges depict the lifestyles of the Mandan Indians, who occupied this site from approximately 1575 to 1781, abandoning the village,
over a century before the arrival of the military. The visitor center features exhibits and programs on the early history and occupation of the area, and includes a
major national exhibit on the life of the Mandan Indians. A modern campground is located in a scenic wooded area adjacent to the Heart River with picnic sites
and playground equipment. Walking along the gently sloping hills, visitors have a panoramic vista of the Missouri River from the Park's nature and historic trails.
Snowmobilers may also wish to use the Roughrider Trail, a 22 mile National Rails to Trails segment that winds along the Missouri River.
7 miles S. of Mandan on Hwy 1806
- 1,006 acres - Visitor Center - Reconstruced Mandan Indian Village - Cavalry and Infantry post buildings - Shoreline fishing -
Picnicking - Modern & Primitive camping - sewage dump station - Comfort Station - Campsite Reservations -
Hiking, snowmobiling and groomed cross country skiing trails - Trading Post - Amphitheatre - Trail Rides - Playground -
Interpretive and Cultural programming - Camping Cabins
Fort Stevenson State Park
On the North shore of Lake Sakakawea, Fort Stevenson State Park was named for a late 1800s frontier fort that served as a supply depot for
Dakota Territory's military posts. It is a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts wishing to experience the great walleye fishing on the lake.
Boaters will find excellent facilities within the park to serve their needs. A full service Marina offers boat service, concessions,
boat storage, fishing boat rentals, and slip rentals. Two boat ramps are available. The North Dakota Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Derby is held here annually.
Fort Stevenson State Park also serves as the staging area for the annual CANDISC bicycle ride in early August. A prairie dog town exists within the park, and these
little residents are always enjoyable to observe. An arboretum has been developed near the campground.
3 miles S. of Garrison
- 438 acres - modern & primitive camping - comfort station - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
playground - marina - boat ramp - fishing boat rentals - campstore - fish cleaning station - swimming - restaurant - picnicking -
picnic shelter - hiking and cross country skiing trails - snowmobiling - camping cabins
Lake Sakakawea State Park
Located on the south shore of Lake Sakakawea, adjacent to the Garrison Dam, this park offers a wide range of water based recreational activities and facilities.
The park has a full service marina, including boat rentals, convenience store, fishing guide services, and boat & camper storage.
Two large boat ramps serve the park for access to the best salmon fishing on Lake Sakakawea.
During the fall, a salmon spawning ladder is maintained within the park. Numerous sailing regattas and fishing derbies are held
throughout the summer. The park is the western most point on the North Country National Scenic Trail.
When completed, this non motorized trail will stretch over 3,200 miles to upstate New York.
1 mile N of Pick City
- 822 acres - modern & primitive camping - comfort station - sewage station - campsite reservations -
picnicking - marina - boat ramps - fishing boat rentals - fish cleaning station - ice fishing -
campstore - swimming beach - playgrounds - group picnic shelters - amphitheatre - hiking trails - camping cabins
Lewis and Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The towering buttes and rolling hills
sloping to the lake display a rugged backdrop to one of the state's best recreation areas.
Modern boating facilities, including a marina, boat ramp and campstore, are major features. Anglers will find excellent
fishing for walleye, sauger and northern pike. A self guided nature trail through the park's bluffs, coulees and wooded draws
allows visitors to become acquainted with the natural communities associated with the park, which is
home for many wildlife species including white tailed deer, mule deer, ring necked pheasant, porcupine, sharp tailed grouse and chipmunks.
19 miles S.E. of Williston on Hwy 1804
- 490 acres - modern & primitive camping - comfort station - campsite reservations - sewage dump station -
group picnic shelters - marina - boat ramp - campstore - swimming beach - amphitheatre - fishing -
hiking and cross country ski trails - snowmobiling - picnicking - fish cleaning station - camping cabins
Little Missouri State Park
If you seek rugged, wild country and want to steer away from developed areas, then Little Missouri is for you.
Little Missouri offers a wilderness experience in the picturesque North Dakota Badlands.
Within the park are numerous wildlife species including mule deer, coyote, fox, bobcat and golden eagle.
Horse rentals and guide service are available at the park for those wanting to explore the park's extensive trail system.
In addition, corrals are available for those bringing in their own horses.
19 miles N. of Killdeer
- 5,748 acres - semi modern & primitive camping - group picnic shelters - hiking and horseback trails - horse rentals and guide service
Sully Creek State Recreation Area
Sully Creek provides primitive camping and related facilities for trail riding, canoeing or hiking.
Located in the heart of the North Dakota Badlands, the area is just minutes away from the historic
town of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Corrals are provided for those bringing in their own horses.
A connecting trail provides foot and horse access to the nearby Little Missouri National Grasslands and the Maah Daah Hey Trail.
2 - 1/2 miles S. of Medora
- 80 acres - primitive camping - water - horse corrals
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