Read Detailed Reviews of North Dakota Parks and Recreation Areas

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Welcome to the North Dakota Parks review page!

We’ve done extensive reviews of all the state parks and recreation areas in our lovely state of North Dakota.

Looking to find out which areas have great boating? How about long and winding rivers? Or do you want to know if there are adventurous trails? Perhaps you’re seeking a pristine natural environment to show your kids?

From history to amenities, you’ll find all the information you need, starting on this page, in order to plan your next outdoor adventure! We give you directions, contact data, fee information, area highlights/must see formations and hours.

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Beaver Lake State Park

Beaver Lake State Park

Location

Approximately 17 miles southeast of the small city of Napoleon is Beaver Lake State Park in Wishek, where miles and miles of rolling grasslands and picturesque views of the lake await every visitor. It is a great nature-lover's hideaway throughout the summer, where the temperature can go up to 80° during the day and dip to 60° at night, which is just perfect for canoeing, water skiing, swimming, and other water-based activities...

Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area

Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area

Location

Black Tiger Bay State Recreation area is one of the two autonomous parks that belong to the Devils Lake State Parks system. The other is Grahams Island State Park, located on the northern shores of the state's largest natural lake. Black Tiger Bay is located on the eastern side of Devils Lake...

Butte Saint Paul

Butte Saint Paul

Location

Over the northeastern edge of North Dakota, deep within the heart of Bottineau County, and northwest of Dunseith City, is Butte Saint Paul Recreation Area, a historical site marked by an elevation of 671 meters or 2,201 feet above sea level. The park used to be home to the state's highest elevation point until White Butte was discovered...

Cross Ranch State Park

Cross Ranch State Park

Location

Cross Ranch State Park is situated along the seven miles of the last few sweeps of untouched riverbanks on the western side of the Missouri River. The park, which is made up of 589 acres of rolling grasslands, woody draws, and river bottom forests, is the perfect venue for both summer and winter time activities...

Crow Flies High State Recreation Area

Crow Flies High State Recreation Area

Location

Just west of New Town, North Dakota stands the historic site of Crow Flies High Butte, where explorer William Clark used to look out for his partner, Meriwether Lewis. Crow Flies High, which rises up to 636 meters or 2,086 feet above sea level, provides a picturesque view of Lake Sakagawea (also known as Lake Sakajawea or Lake Sakakawea), the Four Bears Bridge, and sometimes, when the tides are low, the ruins of the old town of Sanish submerged in the depths of the lake...

Devils Lake State Parks

Devils Lake State Parks

Location

Nestled along the banks of North Dakota's largest lake are the two Devils Lake State Parks, made up of 1,122 acres of rolling prairie, hiking trails, and saltwater lake teeming with perch, bass, and walleye. The area also includes Grahams Island State Park and the Black Tiger Bay State Recreation Area...

Doyle Memorial State Park

Doyle Memorial State Park

Location

As one of the smallest state parks in North Dakota, Doyle Memorial State Park generally does not get as much widespread publicity as the other parks in the area. However, this doesn't mean that the park doesn't have as much to offer as the others. Small though it is, occupying only 21 acres of a peninsula extending into the Green Lake of south central North Dakota, Doyle Memorial is equipped with modern facilities that allow visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities...

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Location

Seven miles south of Mandan, North Dakota, along the banks of the Missouri River is Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. What used to be a native Mandan village that was converted into a military post by the 6th U.S. Infantry is now one of the state's must-see state parks. Fort Abraham Lincoln is teeming with culture and history, as well as huge picturesque spots for camping and hiking...

Fort Ransom State Park

Fort Ransom State Park

Location

Along the banks of the Sheyenne River, nestled quietly in the heavily wooded Sheyenne River Valley, is Fort Ransom State Park. A former military post established in the 1860s, the park is located two miles north of the town of Fort Ransom along the Walter Hjelle Parkway and the Sheyenne National Scenic Byway...

Fort Stevenson State Park

Fort Stevenson State Park

Location

On the north shore of the United States' third largest man-made lake lies Fort Stevenson State Park, a tribute to the original Fort Stevenson, which now lies 120 feet under the waters of Lake Sakakawea. From the town of Garrison, you can get to Fort Stevenson by taking Highways 83 and 1804...

Grahams Island State Park

Grahams Island State Park

Location

On the north side of Devils Lake is Grahams Island State Park, the larger of the two state parks in the Devils Lake State Parks system. Fortunately, for those seeking outdoor beauty, Devils Lake, which is the biggest natural lake in the area, is also one of the most beautiful places in North Dakota...

Gunlogson State Nature Preserve

Gunlogson State Nature Preserve

Location

Gunlogson State Nature Preserve is a part of Icelandic State Park, which is located about five miles to the west of Cavalier City in the northeastern section of North Dakota, close to the Canadian border. A three-quarter mile portion of the Tongue River winds through the preserve, undoubtedly helping provide nourishment for the trees and plants in the area, feeding its ponds and streams...

H. R. Morgan State Nature Preserve

H. R. Morgan State Nature Preserve

Location

H. R. Morgan State Nature Preserve lies along the banks of the Sheyenne River. It is located approximately 24 miles to the east northeast of Lisbon, ND, and is about a 20-mile drive to the southeast from Enderlin, ND. From Enderlin, you can take N Dakota 46 E going 14 miles, after which you head south for four miles, and then another mile west...

Head of the Mountain Nature Preserve

Head of the Mountain Nature Preserve

Location

The Head of the Mountain Nature Preserve is located in the southeast corner of North Dakota, close to the border of Minnesota and South Dakota. It lies to the southeast of the city of Rutland. From the city, you will need to drive south for four miles, another three and a quarter miles to the east, and a final two miles further south, where the southeast corner of the preserve will come into view...

Historic Elmwood

Historic Elmwood

Location

Inside a U-shaped bend of the Park River in Grafton is the quiet, charming Historic Elmwood State Park. The 20-acre slice of land consists of seven acres of river bottom forest that is protected by the Natural Area Registry and 10 acres of wooded fields teeming with wild flowers as well as flora and fauna...

Icelandic State Park

Icelandic State Park

Location

Icelandic State Park is located 15 miles west of Cavalier on the northeastern side of North Dakota in Pembina County. The state park is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Renwick and features both the natural and historic beauty of the area. Further, Icelandic State Park is a heritage site for the state's homesteading era and 200 acres of wildlife haven in the form of the Gunlogson State Nature Preserve, a wooded area situated along the banks of the Tongue River...

Indian Hills Resort State Recreation Area

Indian Hills Resort State Recreation Area

Location

Just 31 miles west of Garrison is the full-service Indian Hills Resort, a state recreation area in North Dakota that is privately owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Dale and Kelly Sorge. The resort is situated right next to the bank of Good Bear Bay on the northern side of the majestic man-made Lake Sakakawea...

Lake Metigoshe State Park

Lake Metigoshe State Park

Location

Perched atop the Turtle Mountains that straddle the US-Canadian border in North Dakota, Lake Metigoshe State Park offers both summer and winter activities. In addition, it has one of the largest lakes in the area. The park itself consists of 1,551 acres of pristine water bodies and woodlands of oak and aspen, most of which are untouched by development...

Lake Sakakawea State Park

Lake Sakakawea State Park

Location

Formed when Garrison Dam was built to control water from the Missouri River in central North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea lies about 80 kilometers to the northwest of Bismarck. This, however, is the shortest distance -- by air no less - between the two areas. Driving from Bismarck to the lake almost quadruples the trip to 300 kilometers...

Lewis and Clark State Park

Lewis and Clark State Park

Location

Located in the headwater area of Lake Sakakawea in northwestern North Dakota, the Lewis and Clark State Park receives a huge amount of silt and nutrients from both the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, making it an important aquatic habitat. The park is in the city of Epping, a small city with a population of less than a hundred souls...

Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area

Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area

Location

Just half a mile west of Lake Metigoshe State Park, one of the most visited tourist attractions in North Dakota, is nestled the quieter, undoubtedly less popular Little Metigoshe State Recreation Area. To reach the site from the town of Bottineau, simply drive 14 miles northeast to the state park and continue on west for another half mile on Lake Loop Drive until you reach the recreation area...

Little Missouri State Park

Little Missouri State Park

Location

The land that G-d forgot: This is a name often given to the vast tract of the North Dakota Badlands because of its barren ridges, mesas, and peaks. These were formed over millennia by the combined action of sand, water, and wind. There are buttes, crevices, outcrops, ravines, slopes, and valleys plunging down to 500 feet...

Missouri River Natural Area

Missouri River Natural Area

Location

The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States stretching 2,341 miles across Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. Its floodplain has long supported diverse animal and plant species, including rare trees and shrubs. Along its banks, on the east side of Mandan in North Dakota, an area measuring 157 acres has been set aside by the state government with the intention of preserving the place in its primeval and pristine condition...

Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area

Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area

Location

Pembina Gorge is the largest naturally forested valley in the entire state of North Dakota. It is found just northeast of the city of Walhalla and stretches up to the Canadian border. The deep gorge is made of marine shale sculpted by the glacial melt waters of the Pembina River and its smaller tributaries...

Sentinel Butte Nature Preserve

Sentinel Butte Nature Preserve

Location

Sentinel Butte Nature Preserve is located about three miles south of the city of the same name in Golden Valley County in southwestern North Dakota. It is one of the highest peaks in the state, reaching up to 3,430 feet, although it is only about 600 feet higher than its surrounding area...

Smoky Lake Natural Area

Smoky Lake Natural Area

Location

The Smoky Lake Natural Area lies immediately to the south of Smoky Lake in the north central North Dakota county of McHenry. Although the nearest major airport to the lake is the Minot International Airport in Minot, ND, which is approximately 60 miles to the east, there is a municipal airport in the city of Towner, ND...

Sully Creek State Recreation Area

Sully Creek State Recreation Area

Location

Sully Creek State Recreation Area sits right in the middle of the North Dakota Badlands to the south of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From the town of Medora, it is less than three miles, or ten minutes, down to the south along East River Road S. The nearest airport to Sully Creek is Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson ND, which is less than an hour away...

Turtle River State Park

Turtle River State Park

Location

Turtle River State Park is located in Grand Forks County in northeastern North Dakota along the wooded banks of the Turtle River. It lies 22 miles west of the township of Grand Forks. From there, you can get to the park traveling about 15 miles along US-2 W within 20 minutes. As there is the Grand Forks International Airport, getting to the park is quick, unless you are traveling all the way by land in your RV...