Visit North Dakota's State Parks and Get Away From it All
North Dakota's 13 state parks are nestled in the shadows of historic forts and sprawled among the stunning Badlands. Beginning in May, North Dakota State Parks and Recreation will celebrate 50 years with events at each park. From primitive campsites to cabin rentals, evening programs in outdoor amphitheaters to guided interpretive trails, you'll find quiet joys and great adventures. For detailed information about North Dakota's state parks, visit the North Dakota State Parks and Recreation Web site.
Fort Ransom State Park, Fort Ransom
Located in the scenic and historic Sheyenne River Valley. The forested park is managed as a natural and scenic area, as well as home to a pioneer-era farmstead which hosts a twice-yearly Sodbuster Days celebration. Popular activities include canoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, modern and primitive camping, biking, horse corral and geocaching.
Turtle River State Park, Arvilla
Located in a beautiful forested valley, including a river stocked with rainbow trout that provides North Dakota's only fly fishing stream. Year-round recreational activities include mountain biking, cross-country skiing and sledding, geocaching, hiking and camping.
Icelandic State Park, Cavalier
Pioneer Heritage Center and restored historic buildings plus a 200-acre natural wooded area along the Tongue River is a sanctuary for plants, birds and wildlife. Recreation includes camping, swimming, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Grahams Island State Park, Devils Lake
Devils Lake, North Dakota's largest natural lake, is home to a 1,142-acre park system, including Grahams Island State Park. The lake features some of the best fishing in North Dakota, both summer and winter.
Beaver Lake State Park, Wishek
Located on the west shore of Beaver Lake, the park's gently rolling prairie provides scenic views for leisurely walks. Summer activities include camping, boating, canoeing, water skiing and fishing.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan
Extraordinary views from the high bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Heart River and Missouri River. Camping and recreation among two major historic sites: On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village and Fort Abraham Lincoln, home of Custer's 7th Cavalry.
Cross Ranch State Park, Center
Located along seven miles of one of the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretches of the Missouri River, this park is rich in both cultural and natural history. Riverside camping with nature trails, canoeing and boating access.
Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City
Next to the enormous rolled earth-fill Garrison Dam that created Lake Sakakawea, this park includes camping and a full-service marina with boat rentals and fishing guide services. The dam's nearby Tailrace provides access to one of North Dakota's popular fishing hot spots.
Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau
Located in the beautifully forested Turtle Mountains along the Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe is one of the cleanest natural fresh-water lakes in North Dakota. Recreation includes wildlife viewing, fishing, camping, skiing, sledding, swim beach, geocaching and boat ramp.
Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison
On the north shore of Lake Sakakawea, this park is known as the "Walleye capital of North Dakota." It offers camping, boat ramp, fishing boat rental, swimming, picnicking, hiking and cross country ski trails and snowmobiling.
Lewis and Clark State Park, Epping
Situated on a scenic upper bay of Lake Sakakawea the rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands create a towering backdrop to one of the state's best recreation areas with camping, hiking and boating.
Little Missouri State Park, Killdeer
High on the bluffs overlooking the mouth of the Little Missouri River into Lake Sakakawea, this park offers a wilderness experience in the picturesque North Dakota Badlands. The park has horse corrals and primitive camping.
Sully Creek State Park, Medora
Horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers have access to the 96-mile-long Maah Daah Hey Trail, which traverses the Little Missouri National Grassland.