North Dakota State Parks

The state of North Dakota offers visitors and residents alike a large array of state parks. Many of these parks have been made famous by the history behind them.

Lewis & Clark State Park

As one of the most popular state parks in North Dakota, this park is named after who discovered it. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped out nearby back in April of 1805, more of which can be learned by the interpretive trail marker placed within the park today. Boating is permitted at the park from low water ramps and access can be gained here to the Missouri river. Another draw to the park is the two rare forms of fish species that are found there occasionally- the pallid sturgeon and the paddlefish.

There are many nearby attractions close to the Lewis & Clark State Park. These include the Buffalo Trails Museum, The Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and both the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. Entrance to Lewis & Clark is just $5 a day for each vehicle. Hiking, camping, playgrounds, and picnicking are available, as well as wireless internet service.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

This popular state park offers portions of the former military posts that were in operation during the famous Sioux at the Little Big Horn battle. Many of these parts have been reconstructed including the Custer House. Another attraction is the reconstructed earth lodges, which help show the lifestyle of the Mandan Indians of centuries past. Many historic buildings are on the grounds to visit. A lot of history can be learned from visiting Fort Abraham Lincoln Park, but there is fun to be had, too.

Over 1000 acres are filled to the brim with fun and exciting, family-friendly things to do. For those who love to bike and horse ride, there are miles of trails to explore. Hiking is also an option, or take a break at one of the picnic areas. For the kids there are playgrounds on the premises that will delight even the hardest of the bunch to please. Afterwards, use one of the 95 camping sites to set up camp, and enjoy electrical hookups and hot showers.

Lake Sakakawea State Park

Lake Sakakawea State Park is most known for the biggest range of water activities in the state of North Dakota. The marina is full service, and you can rent boats there or opt for fishing guide services. The fishing is said to be fantastic, and many fishing derbies are held here during the summer months. The lake is one of three of the biggest man made reservoirs in all of the United States. The surface area is around 368,000 acres and it is 178 miles long. This reservoir is one of six different main-stem dams that are in place for flood control, navigation, and irrigation systems.

Lake Sakakawea is spread out over 1,293 acres, with hiking trails and picnic areas available for visitors. There are sleeping cabins at 192 different sites with electrical outlets for those who want more convenience. You'll always have an excellent time camping and visiting Lake Sakakawea State Park.