Places to Camp near Center, ND

Center, ND is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Center campgrounds just for you. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Center and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Center, ND (63)

    Camper-submitted photo from Sweet Briar Lake
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    Sweet Briar Lake

    13 Reviews
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    64 Saves
    Center, North Dakota

    Sweet Briar Lake Campground, near New Salem, ND, is a hidden gem that offers a peaceful retreat with stunning lake views. This spot is perfect for those looking to unwind by the water, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy nature. The campground is free, which is a pleasant surprise given its quality.

    The campsites are spacious and well-separated, providing a sense of privacy. Each site comes with a fire ring and picnic table, making it easy to settle in and enjoy a meal by the fire. The lake itself is a highlight, with fish jumping and a variety of birds adding to the serene atmosphere. Some visitors have even mentioned the beautiful starry skies and breathtaking sunrises.

    While the campground is close to the highway, the noise is minimal and often drowned out by the sounds of crickets and frogs. The pit toilets are well-maintained, and there are dumpsters available for trash disposal. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Whether you're in a tent or an RV, Sweet Briar Lake accommodates both. It's a great stopover for those traveling through North Dakota, offering a convenient and scenic place to rest. Just be prepared for the lack of hookups and amenities like showers or a market, but with the right preparation, you'll have a fantastic stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $25 - $100 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Cross Ranch State Park Campground
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    Cross Ranch State Park Campground

    11 Reviews
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    53 Saves
    Hensler, North Dakota

    If you’ve ever wondered what North Dakota may have been like at the time of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, look no further than this 590-acre park, just an hour’s drive north of Bismark. Cross Ranch State Park is a natural area featuring rolling prairies, cottonwood glens, and marshy river bottoms, situated along some of the last free-flowing, undeveloped shoreline of the Missouri River. Visitors to Cross Ranch have plenty of opportunities to lounge under shady trees and picnic along the river, wander some of the many paths and nature trails, both in the park and the adjacent Cross Ranch Nature Preserve, or take to the river for swimming, fishing, and paddling.

    Cross Ranch State Park offers 65 tent and RV sites in two camp areas. RV sites are either back-in or pull-through, provide electrical hookups, and can accommodate large vehicles/trailers; tent sites are either drive-in or walk-in. The park also offers several group sites, yurts and fully-equipped cabins, as well as a Cheyenne-style tipi. Campground facilities include flush and vault toilets, showers, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and an amphitheater. A dump station is located in the upper camp area, and a boat launch in the lower camp area. Wifi service is available. Dogs are welcome in the park, but must remain leashed. Campsite rates are $17–$25/night; tipi, yurts and cabins are $35–$125/night.

    Visitors to Cross Ranch are invited to explore the area by land and water. More than 16 miles of hiking and biking trails, both in the park and the adjacent preserve, are available for exploring the area’s woods, prairies, and riverbanks, as well as observing the local birds and wildlife. You can pick up a trail map at the park’s visitor center and head out on self-guided nature walks ranging from 2 to 5.5 miles. Some trails are also open for winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. For a different perspective, go for a float on the Missouri River. Rent a canoe or kayak (or bring your own) and paddle around the park area, or take a shuttle (fee required) to the town of Washburn, then float 9 miles down the river, back to the park.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground
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    Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Campground

    25 Reviews
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    110 Saves
    Bismarck, North Dakota

    Located on the grassy plains near the confluence of the Missouri and Heart rivers, Fort Abraham Lincoln is North Dakota’s oldest state park. Established in 1907 to commemorate a 1700s US Army outpost, the park offers a look at America’s early years, as well as even longer ago when the Mandan peoples called this area home. The park is located about 7 miles south of the town of Mandan, and about 200 miles east of Fargo. In addition to its historical significance, the park is also noted for its diverse, high prairie landscape and exceptional views. More than 16 miles of multiuse trails are available for summer and winter roaming among the park’s prairies, woods, and shrublands.

    Abraham Lincoln State Park offers more than 100 tent and RV campsites, in addition to camping cabins and Cheyenne tipis. Most sites are open and grassy, and equipped with electrical and water hookups, picnic tables and fire pits; pull-through sites can accommodate large RVs and trailers. Amenities in the campground include both flush and vault toilets, showers, water faucets, playgrounds, picnic shelters, Wifi service, and a dump station. There are also corrals available for horse campers. Additional park features include a visitor center, coffee and gift shop, and an outdoor amphitheater. Dogs must remain leashed unless in designated areas. Camping is available year-round; sites are $17–$25/night; tipis are $35/night, and cabins $60/night; reservations accepted.

    There are plenty of things to do at Fort Abraham Lincoln, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing, but the main attractions are the park’s historical area and Mandan village. The historical area has replicas of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer’s home, as well as a barracks building, stables and blockhouses. Tours are available during summer months. The Mandan On-a-Slant Village—named so for the sloping ground it rests on—features several “Earthlodges” constructed in similar fashion to those used by the native peoples for homes and meeting places. A trolley runs through the park with stops at both historic locations, in addition to going to the nearby town of Mandan.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sakakawea State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sakakawea State Park Campground
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    Lake Sakakawea State Park Campground

    10 Reviews
    18 Photos
    43 Saves
    Dequeen Lake, North Dakota

    Lake Sakakawea State Park is situated near the Garrison Dam, on the southeastern shore of North Dakota’s largest man-made lake. Located just outside of Pick City, the park was established in 1965 under a different name. In 1973 it was expanded and renamed for Sakakawea (also written Sacagawea), the Lemhi Shoshone woman who aided Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the American West. Today, the park is largely known for its water activities, including paddling and windsurfing, as well as some of North Dakota’s premiere walleye, northern pike and Chinook salmon fishing. The year-round campground at Lake Sakakawea State Park is located on the east side of an odd-shaped peninsula ringed with coves and small bays. Four camping areas offers more than 200 tent, RV and group campsites near the lakeshore. The modern tent and RV camp areas have electrical and water hookups, restrooms with flush toilets and showers, playgrounds and an amphitheater; a dump station is located near the park entrance. The primitive tent area has vault toilets. All campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed. Campsite rates are $17–$30. There is no shortage of activities to occupy your days right within the park. More than 6 miles of hiking and biking trails explore the woods and lakeshore, and are perfect for birdwatching and wildlife sighting. The park also provides access to the 4,600-mile North Country Trail for those looking for a little longer outing. Bike rentals are available. For water time, the park has two boat launches, a fishing dock, fish cleaning station, and a swim beach. Picnic shelters are located around the park, and an onsite convenience store sells fishing tackle, snacks, drinks, and camping gear.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Harmon Lake Rec Area

    6 Reviews
    7 Photos
    11 Saves
    Mandan, North Dakota
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $10 - $20 / night

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    General Sibley Park

    13 Reviews
    42 Photos
    55 Saves
    Bismarck, North Dakota

    This recreation area is part of Lake Oahe

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $25 / night

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    COE Lake Sakakawea Downstream Campground

    5 Reviews
    11 Photos
    4 Saves
    Stanton, North Dakota

    Overview

    The Downstream Campground is located on the East bank of the Missouri River below the Garrison Dam, which forms Lake Sakakawea. The area offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, sailing, scuba diving, bird watching, and hunting. In the winter time the area offers a cross country ski trails and bow hunting opportunities.____ For more information, please visit the Garrision Dam & Lake Sakakawea website here .__

    Recreation

    The Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea offers excellent boating, fishing, and hunting opportunities. Several state record fish have been caught down below the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River Tailrace and in Lake Sakakawea. Anglers fish for walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, white bass, large mouth and small mouth bass. Chinook salmon can be also found in the lake, the only body of water in the state with this species. The best catfishing around is found directly below Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Younger visitors love the three playgrounds in the campground, while the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are enjoyed by campers of all ages. There is an amphiteater located in the campground which offers events for families with kids. Saturday nights usually show a outdoor movie and offer games or ranger staff to provide a interpretive program. The nearby trout fishing pond has a fishing pier for easy access along miles of hiking and biking trails leading to the National Fish Hatchery for hours of family filled fun! The Riverdale State Wildlife Management Area is also located directly across the campground and offers great hunting opportunities, its 2,250 wooded acres are open to hunting for deer, pheasants, sharp-tail grouse, cottontail rabbits, and tree squirrels during open seasons.

    Facilities

    The Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea offers excellent boating, fishing, and hunting opportunities. Several state record fish have been caught down below the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River Tailrace and in Lake Sakakawea. Anglers fish for walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, white bass, large mouth and small mouth bass. Chinook salmon can be also found in the lake, the only body of water in the state with this species. The best catfishing around is found directly below Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. Younger visitors love the three playgrounds in the campground, while the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are enjoyed by campers of all ages. There is an amphiteater located in the campground which offers events for families with kids. Saturday nights usually show a outdoor movie and offer games or ranger staff to provide a interpretive program. The nearby trout fishing pond has a fishing pier for easy access along miles of hiking and biking trails leading to the National Fish Hatchery for hours of family filled fun! The Riverdale State Wildlife Management Area is also located directly across the campground and offers great hunting opportunities, its 2,250 wooded acres are open to hunting for deer, pheasants, sharp-tail grouse, cottontail rabbits, and tree squirrels during open seasons.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located in a beautiful nautral cottonwood forest and is situated along the Missouri River with open grassy areas. Walk along the sand dunes along the Missouri River or the miles of walking trails leading to the National Fish Hatchery and trout fishing pond.

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    For facility specific information, please call (701) 654-7411.

    Nearby Attractions

    Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is minutes from the campground and is open to the public. A visitor center, complete with five 400-gallon aquariums, provides great opportunities to view the fish of North Dakota in their environment.____ The Garrison Dam Power Plant offers tours during the months of June, July and the first part of August on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2pm. Lake Sakakawea State Park__ Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

    Charges & Cancellations

    Reservation changes and cancellations can be made on Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.____ For more information on rules and policies regarding reservation cancellations and changes, please visit: https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies .____

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table

    $26 - $30 / night

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    Washburn City Park

    1 Review
    1 Photo
    1 Save
    Washburn, North Dakota
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $25 / night

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    Bismarck KOA

    6 Reviews
    28 Photos
    14 Saves
    Bismarck, North Dakota
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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      KOA Campground Bismarck

      6 Reviews
      5 Saves
      Bismarck, North Dakota
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      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What camping is available near Center, ND?

    According to TheDyrt.com, Center, ND offers a wide range of camping options, with 63 campgrounds and RV parks near Center, ND and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

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    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Center, ND is Sweet Briar Lake with a 4.6-star rating from 13 reviews.

    Where can I find free dispersed camping near Center, ND?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 free dispersed camping spots near Center, ND.

    What parks are near Center, ND?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 parks near Center, ND that allow camping, notably Dequeen Lake and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.