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.
This is a great campground that is well maintained. Elbow woods, sanish, and van hook loops all have 30/50 amp and water for campers, there is also a primitive loop. Elbow woods is more spaced out and has great views of the lake. Group spots here are fun but you need to book the day they come available to reserve or you will miss out!
Every year I head up to ND and make sure a camping trip to Lake Sakakawea is on the agenda. I always stay in the primitive no hook up section. It is nicely mowed (if you stay more than 3 days in a row there is a good chance they will mow around your site) and they also spray for bugs. Each site has a picnic table as well as a fire pit. There is good off-shore fishing as well as a swim beach with a bathroom. Nearby is a marina and store.
This is my favorite campground in North Dakota ! Always clean and neat. The waters are beautiful. National fish hatchery nearby, along with the Garrison dam. Breath taking views from the Elbowwoods loop!
The sites are well spaced, some with beautiful views of the lake. Great breezes from the water. There is a marina with a fish cleaning station and a store. Loved this campground!!
This is a beautiful campground with friendly people. The modern sites are well maintained and showers and bathrooms are clean. There is a lot to do here and within short driving distance. Primitive sites are also very nice but the generator rule (off after 8:00 p.m.) is ridiculous. It is sweltering hot (thank goodness for nice breezes) and people are up playing and having fun until 11:00 p.m. It would be near perfect if generator use was more reasonable.
Absolutley love this campground! (Note this is the primitive section.) Primitive campsites are very spacious and most having sections of shade during the entire day. Clean and well kept primative toilets. Beach is amazing with little bay area that is calm even on windy days for the kayaker or paddleboarder. Boat dock with ample parking. A must stay for the water enthusiasts!
I've been camping at this campground since I was a kid, and it's always been wonderful. It has something for everyone. A boat marina, a swimming beach, tent-only sites, primitive grounds, water and electrical sites, hiking trails, playgrounds, clean shower facilities and flushing toilets! Not to mention the outstanding views of Lake Sakakawea!