McDowell Dam Recreation Area

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McDowell Dam Recreation Area is a 271 acre park five miles east of Bismarck on Old Highway 10 and one mile north. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing and paddle boating. There is a public beach, picnic shelters available (and can be reserved for special occasions), horseshoe pits, a small concessions area, a playground and modern restrooms. There is a paved recreational trail on the grounds, as well as a wooded area for nature walks or runs. There is also a nature trail encircling the banks of McDowell Dam. 

All Features
Cost of Admission
  • Admission: Paddleboats: $5/hour Canoes: $5/hour Kayak: $5/hour
General Information
  • Hours of Operation: May 13 – September 3: 6am–11pm daily