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.
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A cheaper alternative to TRNP’s Juniper Campground. This campground offers beautiful panoramic views of the North Dakota Badlands. Additionally, you can access the Maah Daah Hey Trail and explore the Badlands from here. The campground is well kept and is typically pretty quiet. There are no showers, but there is toilets and accessible drinking water.
We stayed 3 nights in a PT FHU for $177. The sites are dusty red dirt (but that's the natural landscape of the area) and a little close together. The staff is very friendly and they have a small store on site. There's a picnic table, but it was very hot outside without shade. There's a great creek within walking distance that you can cool off in and let the dogs run around. The proximity to Teddy Roosevelt NP is the winner to stay!
Sprawling, well-appointed campground on the outskirts of Bismarck, run by the park and rec district. Lightly forested with large campsites for tents and RVs. The park has showers, bathrooms, an amphitheater, disc golf, a playground, and a group area. It is very popular with locals. It is also incredibly cheap and was an easy stop-over campground.
We visited the Natural History Museum at the capitol which was free and nearby, and had lots of fun dinosaur bones and displays.
Its more of a "back to wilderness" kind of camping. Not a bunch of luxurious amenities, but, camping as it should be.
Family friendly, great for tent camping and R.V.’s. The River is your backyard, great for hiking and lots of wildlife to see! No showers.
A little difficult to access if you’ve never been but worth it. Direct access to 100+ miles of the Maah Daah Hey trail!
Pro's- Close to the town of Medora with so much to do for families. Wildlife is abundant in the park. Nice clean campground. Large spaces for tents and RV's. Deer, prarie dogs, bison, turkeys…and wild horses!
Con's- Road construction going into the park with around 10-20 minute wait.
This Army Corp campground is out favorite, there are three other Army Corp campgrounds around Lake Ashtabula but this one is the best. Spots are secluded and shaded. Beautiful beach for swimming and a nice playground to keep the kids entertained. Spots are gravel so there is no mud to deal with. They also have a great fishing pier. Only negative thing I can say is the rules are not enforced when it comes to pets on leashes, while I walking my pup, (on a leash) we had dogs run at us from two different camp sites. One was right in front of the host and nothing was said to the dog owner. It was frustrating because the rest of our stay I didn't dare walk my pup, she needed to stay at camp on her lead. This is a common problem at campgrounds I have found.
Turtle River State park has beautiful mature ash trees for a nice shady camp spot. There are numerous sites with water and electricity with central location shower houses. The camp sites are large, level and secluded.There are lovely wide trails for biking and hiking and a river runs through the park. There are also walk-in sites, cabins and open tenting sites.
This park is close to Theodore Roosevelt National Park The bathroom and shower were clean. That’s the end of the good news. The sites are small and very tight. We couldn’t open our canopy. When we stepped out our door we were looking right in the window of the neighbors. Lots of dust and bugs. The staff was not very friendly. They have the only campground in town, and know it. Next time I will camp 20 miles away and drive to the park.
Stayed at Fort Abraham Lincoln 3 nights last June. Beautiful park on the Missouri River. Campground was clean and quiet. Nice shower house. Large, level sites. Fort Abraham Lincoln was General Custer’s headquarters before he left for the Little Big Horn. Lots of hiking and history and wildlife.
Clean Campground. Tent area and multiple camper pads. Vault toilets available. Ranger programs available. Right in the heart of Ft. Abraham Lincoln. Lots to do--visit the Block houses, Gen. Custer's home, commissary, etc. Close to Mandan and Bismarck (State Capitol)
We spent two nights at this campground in early October. We had it nearly to ourselves.
A couple things to note:
October can be cold! It got down below freezing in the first week of October.
It gets windy. There's a site in the B loop that offers a good amount of protection from wind from most directions.
The Maah Daah Hey and Long X trails start at this campground. We did a great 11ish mile mountain bike loop by heading up Maah Daah Hey and down Long X.
There's a well here, but the water looked pretty brown. We boiled it.
Great experience camping in an authentic Tipi. The Tipi has a wood floor and cots, with plenty of room. It kept us and our things dry during a rainstorm. Only downside is the size and shape of it don't allow any warmth to be retained, so be sure to have clothing/sleeping bags appropriate for the nighttime temperatures. There is a short, flat walk from the parking area to the Tipi site. Great views of the Missouri River, straight out from the Tipi "door".
This is a good solid campground that was almost full when we arrived, but we were able to choose a nice spot. There was water available but it had a funny taste, they had recently had some problems and were treating the water. The park rangers here were awesome and so helpful. No shower facilities, but flushing toilets with running water was fine. Lots of great trails and. Is on roam freely. Funny tidbit, the campground is on the border of the time zone border, so my devices would change times and I thought there was a problem, took me a while to figure it out.
We were lucky as we camped here in late August 2018, the week prior they had record highs of 109! We had our choice of tent sites, and were right on lake front. Facilities were acceptable. Lots of bugs and flies, but we managed!
While there were very few tent sites available, we had our choice of sites as we were the only tent campers. Bathrooms were great, the trails around the lake were great and the food at the marina was OK. This park is surrounded by beautiful lakes and fields of wheat. Shower was great.
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