If you only have a few days to explore the natural and scenic wonders of the state then here’s a number of North Dakota state parks you shouldn’t neglect to check out.
Fort Stevenson State Park
This medium-sized park offers almost 550 acres of property to explore. It is fondly known as the state’s walleye capital and visitors may access the northern side of Lake Sakakawea when at the park. Fishing is definitely the park’s greatest attraction and every year, scores of fishing enthusiasts congregate at Ft. Stevenson for a chance to win the prestigious Governor’s Cup Walleye Fishing Derby.
If you plan on staying at least overnight at the park, you can be sure that your basic daily needs will be immediately and easily satisfied. There are 145 campsites available in total, with the state offering a number of slots for reservation. There are also 30 and 50 AMP electrical hookups offered as well as access to the park’s dumping station. The park is also equipped with modern showers, has its own gas dock, and various concessionaires if you’re not in the mood to work on primitive or homemade cooking.
Icelandic State Park
The park is one of the largest in the state, having a little more than 900 acres of land. There are numerous activities you can do at the park, but its homesteading feature is no doubt the park’s most popular attraction.
The park’s Pioneer Heritage Center offers visitors the opportunity to take a pleasant and educational walk back to memory lane with various historic buildings that have beautifully restored to its original condition. There’s also the Gunlogson Homestead and Nature Preserve, which is often serves as a venue for many of the park’s special events.
Icelandic State Park also boasts of a 200-acre area comprised entirely of natural woods and which serves as a well-protected haven for various flora and fauna.
Lake Metigoshe State Park
Visiting this park will have you driving all the way to the US/Canadian borders, but you can be sure that the somewhat lengthy drive will be more than worth it. The park offers year-round outdoor activities and is greatly popular with tourists and families.
In the summer, Lake Metigoshe is brimming with people enjoying all kinds of aquatic pursuits, from leisurely boat rides to swimming and competitive fishing. At the park, outdoorsmen may also gain access to The Old Oak Trail, which offers incomparably scenic views and is recognized as a National Recreational Trail.