McDowell Dam Recreation Area

46.824627, -100.646353

McDowell Dam Recreation Area Paddleboats
McDowell Dam Recreation Area Playground
McDowell Dam Recreation Area Swimming
McDowell Dam Recreation Area Nature Trail
1951 93rd St. NE,
Bismarck ND 58501
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McDowell Dam Recreation Area is a 271-acre park located five miles east of Bismarck on Old Highway 10 and one mile north. The park is owned by the Burleigh County Water Resource District and managed by the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District. A public beach provides great access to the water, and you can fish off a dock. These items are available for rent: paddle boats, paddle boards, a row boat, canoes, kayaks and a tandem kayak.  Picnic shelters are available (and can be reserved for special occasions), as well as horseshoe pits, a small concessions area, a playground and modern restrooms. There is a paved recreational trail on the grounds and a wooded area for nature walks or runs. There is also a Nature Trail encircling the banks of McDowell Dam.

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Cost of Admission
  • Admission
    Paddleboat, Paddle Boards, Canoe, Kayak (single and tandem): $5/half hour; $8/hour; $12/hour and half
  • Free Admission
Facility Amenities
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Restrooms
General Information
  • Hours of Operation
    Park hours year-round: Sunrise to sunset • Equipment Rentals: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Mon-Fri 1-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Guest Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Lakefront