In 1805, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with their Corps of Discovery, crossed this region of North Dakota’s Badlands as they paddled up the mighty Missouri River. Today, Lewis and Clark State Park commemorates their passage through the area with this 490-acre recreation area on the scenic shores of Lake Sakakawea. The park is located in the upper, northwest corner of the state, about 20 miles east of Williston, off of ND-1804, and is one North Dakota’s best destinations for camping, boating, birding and hiking.
The campground at Lewis and Clark State Park offers more than 100 tent and RV campsites, most of which are equipped with full or partial hookups. Both back-in and pull-through drives are available, and can accommodate large RVs and trailers. There are also 8 primitive tent sites and 5 group sites. Campsites are partially wooded for some shade, and come equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Campground amenities include water faucets, flush toilets, showers, playgrounds, a dog park, picnic areas, and Wifi service. A dump station is located between the campsite loops. Dogs must remain leashed unless in designated areas. Camping is available year-round; sites are $17–$30/night; reservations accepted.
The recreation opportunities at Lewis and Clark State Park are abundant, both on land and water. More than 8 miles of hiking and biking trails explore the prairies and ravines in the park. These range from short, family-friendly interpretive paths to longer trails to scenic badlands viewpoints, and for unique bird and wildlife watching. For cooling off during the summer season, a sandy beach is available for sunbathing and swimming, and boat ramps are available for launching watercraft onto Lake Sakakawea. The park rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs for paddling fun. Also a popular fishing destination, anglers can cast for walleye and northern pike.
This is hot spot for the area. While it has some pros there is a huge con
Pros: Great Lake with best fishing you can get Activities such as swimming, trails, basket ball, geocaching and lots of activities put on by the park Cabin rentals Swimming beach Small craft rentals such SUP 2 playgrounds Dock/ boat launch/ boat storage
Cons: There is absolutely no space or privacy. Expect to be feet away from your neighbor.
Very few trees except for the older lane nearer the lake. The newer loop has no trees, shelter or shade. Prepare the bake.
People books spots for week and months. Getting a “good” space is pretty dismal.
There a few trees in the older part
This is one of our favorite places to camp because fishing is awesome out there. Usually a pretty busy place, so if you are looking for seclusion you won’t find it here. We tent camp so we aren’t as packed as the rvs but still a great place to be & fish for all the species that the lake has to offer
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!
Nice campground, with restrooms/showers, playground, amphitheater, picnic tables. Pull through sites, tents sites, cabins. Close access to Lake Sakakawea, within walking distance.
Located in the south east tip of South Dakota on Lewis and Clark Lake (Missouri River). This is a huge cg with over 400 sites divided into four sections. All roads and sites are paved with electric only hook up. We stayed on site 362 which is 50A but most sites are 30A. Fill up your fresh tank at the dump station before going to your site because there are very few accessible spigots near the camp sites. The Yankton Section (about 100 sites) is same day reservation only (first come, first serve). There are several swim areas along the shore and a couple of boat ramps. Several cabins are available for reservation and a separate Marina and Resort are next to the cg. About any activity you can think of is available here, such as disc golf, soccer, basketball, archery, one mile nature trail, six mile bike trail and boat rentals for the large lake.
We had the time of our lives at Lewis and Clark state park! The views are amazing! The water is like being in Ocean with big waves. They hold many awesome eventful weekends during season.
We always drop in our boat here. There are 2 good size lanes so a horrible backup person like myself has no problem! The campground has a few trees for privacy but mostly open