With its many beautiful lakes and miles of open land, if camping in North Dakota isn’t on your summer bucket list, it should be.
Devil’s Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota, and the expansive, picturesque lake boasts some of the best fishing in the state. Here you can find plenty of fun in the likes of boating and golfing. Devil’s Lake has several options for camping in North Dakota, while Grahams Island State Park offers the unique opportunity to camp on an island in the middle of the lake. Located in the northern part of the state, between Minot and Grand Forks, Devil’s Lake is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.
Another great option for camping in North Dakota is along the banks of Lake Sakakawea, a large man-made reservoir that was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1956. Lake Sakakawea is part of the Missouri River basin that stretches on for nearly 180 miles. Sakakawea is known for its fishing, and is home to an Audubon National Wildlife Refuge center, and an 8-mile long wildlife trail. Sakakawea has multiple campground options, including the highly rated Lake Sakakawea State Park.
If you’re looking to get off the water and participate in a North Dakota summer tradition, Medora is a classic roadtrip stop. Every year from June to September, the town of Medora puts on a professionally produced nightly musical dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt and his time in the Badlands. Even if musicals aren’t your thing, there is still plenty to do in Medora, including golfing, biking, and hiking at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the only national park in the state. Medora campgrounds provide modern RV camping options, and more primitive tent sites all along the Little Missouri River.
Whether you’re just visiting, or looking for adventure in your own backyard, The Dyrt is your number one source for the best camping in North Dakota.
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Really great campground! Easy to find and navigate. Sites with fire pit, picnic tables, and bathrooms.
Making a reservation was really easy too! We made the reservation through parkrec.nd.gov Campground fee was $17 + $6 processing fee online made our stay around $23 for a night.
Thanks for the great stay, Cheers!
I love this campground, it was like a breath of fresh air after getting lost in northeast north dakota and not seeing a soul for hours and sleeping on the side of the highway, driving up to Roughrider was like seeing an oasis in the desert. It is the nicest campsite we have been to in a while, $15/ night for primitive tent camping and pets allowed on leashes. The showers got hot INSTANTLY. We were welcomed so warmly after freezing in the car all night. 1000/10.
My husband and I have stayed at this campground twice now and both visits were amazing! We like to choose sites surrounded by trees and this place does not disappoint. Plus, the raised tent platforms are a huge benefit! The sites are huge, the bathrooms are clean, there is a ton of firewood available, and it is not crowded. If you are in the area, this is a must visit!!!
Tight fit but close to the National Park and downtown Medora.
The town of Medora truly supports the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Five primitive campgrounds with wells and vault toilets. The two stars are for how this place is taken care of. Not well kept.
Decent fishing for North Dakota. Try your hand at catching crappie, walleye, catfish, perch, white bass, pike, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass. Bait store nearby!
The campground is close to town in case you need anything. The camping rigs/RV area gets pretty crowded, especially on weekends. It has a sand beach and swimming area. Playground for kids, along with picnic shelters. Vault toilets.
The big draw here is probably the fishing. 2 fishing piers, 1 floating fishing dock. You can catch northern pike, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and rainbow trout if you're lucky!
This campground is nice for larger groups and has a lot of long-term campers. The campground does have cabins and they are well kept and clean. Lots of family activities like horseshoes, basketball court, frisbee golf, and volleyball. Kayak rentals are available as well!
Bring water shoes if you plan on swimming in the lake as it is rocky. All campsites include one picnic table and one fire pit.
Decent campground with horse ring, stables, electric hookups, pavilions, 25ish campsites. Several very large 5th wheels, a couple of normal-sized pull behind campers, and of course tents. Not crowded at all, maybe around 25ish campers.
Had 1 bar with Verizon -- could send texts but calls drop after a couple of seconds. Dump station and restrooms here. No showers.
Lindenwood Park is a very nice campground with an abundance of shelters, children’s play areas, and walking/hiking trails. Campers have two areas for parking RVs with both an upper & lower (riverside) rv Park. There is some noise overflow from the Interstate but the surroundings are tranquil and while you are there, it makes it hard to believe you are still in town. The park road is currently undergoing some renovations but the grounds and area are very well maintained.