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Lots of activities and history for your stay!

Another well maintained campground and even better state park with tons of different things to do with the entire family. For the campground there are tons of trees that offer great shade and trails for walking. The shower house is very clean and felt"modern" for a state park. If you like history and camping this is your spot.

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Good camping and fishing

A number of good spots to camp is a little hilly as trying to find a tent spot out of the open is challenging but fun. Plenty of fishing spots even has a fishing dock. Only real down side is that it's right off the interstate so there's some traffic noise.

Great campground!

This campground was a great stopping place on our way West! We stayed on a weekday and we practically had the place to ourselves. We tented which has its own area. There were pit toilets near our site and they were very clean and well maintained. The sites were spacious, grassy and shaded by big cottonwood trees. We definitely recommend this beautiful park!

Beautiful, Quiet, Historical

This was our maiden voyage in our first camper! South loop Campsite 36 was easy to park. Our electrical and water hookups were close. Dump station was easy. We were right next to comfort station which was well maintained. Kid Park was new and close to our site. There was lots of bike and walking trails. Since you are a state park expect fees but I think it helped keep the park quiet. It is right along the river and in walking distance to the forts, museum, historic Indian village, train ride and trails. Great for families of all ages!


Quiet campground. Lots of shade, friendly staff.

Beautiful site

Amazing site. Clean, friendly staff, private, walking paths are amazing and beautiful

Nice next to the river spot

Has electric and primitive both priced decent has nice tree coverage and is next to the river and has some spot where you can go in the river at

Very private!

When I go camping I love having trees and the water near and this spot has both! Has a walking path mowed down for walk and also has play grounds for the kids and restrooms and water spikets through out. The only down fall is that it's a national park so on top of the camping you have to pay for your vehicle just to enter… other then that very beautiful! Some spots are harder to back into as well.


We are traveling cross country, and needed a place to stop in Bismarck, there was only on review on this app so far, but it was a good one, so we went ahead and called. The woman I spoke to was kind and professional, and even texted directions to my phone, and told us to pull on in and get set up before checking in. We got here and she was there to greet us and showed me around. Got all registered and she reminded me that if we needed anything to just let her know. The campground is very full, but quiet and a nice place.

Beautiful N.D campground

First visit here, nice campground and layout. Park staff was very nice and friendly. Beautiful views of Missouri River. We stayed in the TeePee this visit but plan on coming back for tent camping. Only complaints were the long haul from the parking area, the vaulted toilets smelt very bad but could of been from the heat! (Vaulted toilet, no sink) And the bugs!!! Tons of flying ants and ticks everywhere, but we managed!

Great Family Campground near Bismarck

Very nice campground right on the Missouri River. Lots of walking/bike trails, playground for kids and places to fish on the river. Some pull through and other shared campsites share a water source so make sure to bring a water splitter as sometimes there is not one on the spigot and campground does not always have extras! Plenty of space between campers. Lots of young families RV camping here.


This camping spot is a free for all. Not check in or registration. Not water fill station or sewer dump and no water or electric on site. However if you are in the mood to go sleep by the lake and do some weekend fishing away from town this is a good spot.

Nice location

This campground is nice if you can get one of the few electric sites on the water. They have a water fill station and the playground is located in the middle of the loop so it's easily accessible to every site on the north loop. The south loop area is more like a field with parking spots and the "grass" is covered with burrs so dont make the mistake of walking outside without shoes

Plane Jane

Campground leaves alot to be desired. No privacy and sites are close to each other. Feals like a field with parking spots. There is a nice playground for the kids and the swimming beach is nice too but otherwise it's just a simple place to park the camper for a couple days

Close but far enough out

This campground is super close to Bismarck but far enough south of town to feel like you are in the middle of the woods. The sites are all spacious and all have small to large areas of grass. The pads are level. Very nicely kept campground

Nice campground

Great campground for the family. There is a nice restroom and each site is spacious. There is also a nice dump station available too.

Nice recreation area

Nice area, but no reservation, they have water available but I suggest bringing water if you are close by. Kayak rental available, swimming area, fishing and mountain biking trail

Milky Way

They have 9 tent spots and it’s 360 view from the mountain. Priceless and can see the Milky Way. Fav site

Cheap, Sprawling Campground Outside Bismark

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.


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.

Peaceful Area

Nice to camp at. South of Mandan, ND. Easy access.

Wonderful Park

Great camping facilites. Tent and camper sites. Yurts available and cabins available. Great hiking area, playground, ranger presentations.

Hidden Gem

Nice tent area and plenty of camper pads. Day use areas available with shelters and playgrounds. Disc golf course. Vault toilets. Close to Bismarck and all it has to offer.

Wonderful campground

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)

Cross Ranch Tipi

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".

Underage get togethers

The worst beach area in Bismarck. Underage drinkers. We set up a tent on the beach and the party noise was so loud we decided to leave

Find Your Trail! in search of Lewis and Clark

This is a nice park that is worth an overnight to learn about expedition history, native Mandan culture, and more. The park is a stop of. the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail , which was the draw for us. The park has a nice campground, with RV sites set back jn the trees and large tent sites right in the Missouri River! There are also camper cabins to rent. The park has a nice visitor center with terrific displays, moany aboutLewis and Clark, also a reconstructed Mandan encampment, plus the home and barracks of Custer and his cavalry. Running through the park is a cool trolley that takes you to historic points within the park, then on into the town of Mandan 6 miles away. The campgrounds have nice bath houses, plus a playground for kids and naturalist programs with an enthusiastic staff. Nice experience!

Beautiful park - fantastic place to explore with children

What a great park for families! That was my first thought. It just looks like a great place for kids to play. There's a playground, wide open spaces, easy trails, a river, and remnants of the fort and an Indian village. There's a paved bike path that you can take from the campground all the way to Bismarck (10+ miles). Or you can ride over to the cavalry and infantry areas of the fort and to the Indian village.

There is a separate $7/day entrance fee in addition to the camping fee. We chose a primitive site (no water, no electric) because those sites are along the river, and the fee was $17. Sites with electricity and water are $25. There are also a couple tipis for $35 and two cabins for $60. There is a clean shower facility plus other restrooms. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring, and there's a dump station. We have camped at so many Forest Service sites that all these amenities make it feel like glamping!

My only complaint is that there is no path from the primitive sites to a restroom other than the road. It would have been nice if there were a few paths between sites. No one wants to take a long route to a restroom in the middle of the night. And cutting through an occupied site is poor camping etiquette.


It was a little loud the night we were there and some campers didn’t have much respect for campsites but that’s not the parks fault. Great hiking, all sorts of trails for all kinds of exploring. Lots of helpful staff and historic attractions to admire and appreciate. I’m used to having more privacy and space when camping but like I said, this isn’t the campgrounds fault. We would definitely camp here again.

An RV Park with a perfect tent spot and the coolest owner

We’re putting in long miles on our way home and start looking for a place to stay. Nobody has reviewed this campground on The Dyrt. A Google search shows some mixed comments. Then we read a recent one that says there is a new owner and it’s a great place. We’re tired and this sounds promising so we stopped by. 

The owner, Tobias, drove up as we did. He hurried over and invited us in to the office. He’s a carpenter so we got to talking about my teardrop camper. He suggested we camp in one of the tent sites. It’s fully shaded and near a field for the dog to play in. He walked all the way to the site just to show us how to back our teardrop in to the tent spot - it fit perfectly! There is a light pole with a bug zapper on it. He showed us the switch and pointed out the bathhouse. Two showers and a separate place to wash dishes. Our neighbor walked over to talk and said he is staying all summer. If we had more time we would take advantage of being so close to Bismarck. 

The RV spots seem close together and most didn’t have much shade. People staying in them enjoy them. There was a group that got together to hang out - they kept at it all day. Tobias was telling me how many campers are repeat customers. Some are retirees and others are in the trades and others just like it here. That speaks highly of the positive vibe I felt before I even set up camp. There are a variety of sites depending on what you are looking for. Take the time to find your perfect site. Tobias said they are working to fix things up so this place should get better and better. He even asked for suggestions on things I’ve seen that make a campground better. I’m impressed by his drive to make this a welcoming place. 

This campground demonstrates that the quality as well as the feel of a place can change. This is a great place to stop on your journey or perhaps for a longer visit.