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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Park Overview: 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 …

Park Overview: 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 la …

Park Overview: 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 …

Park Overview: 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 abo …

Park Overview: 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 …

Turtle River State Park Offers an Outdoor Adventure for Every Family Member Park Overview: LocationTurtle 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 o …

Park Overview: LocationSully 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 …

Park Overview: LocationThe 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 …

Park Overview: LocationSentinel 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 …

Park Overview: LocationPembina 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 sculpt …

Park Overview: LocationThe 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 spec …

Park Overview: LocationFormed 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 …

Park Overview: LocationThe 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. …

Lewis and Clark State Park Offers a Wide Array of Fun and Exciting Outdoor Activities Park Overview: LocationLocated in the headwater area of Lake Sakakawea in northwestern North Dakota, the Lewis and Clark State Park receives a huge amount of silt and …

Park Overview: LocationPerched 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 …

Park Overview: 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 ri …

div style=”font-size:18px; text-transform:uppercase;margin:10px 0 10px 0; color:#4fb305;”>Park Overview: LocationIcelandic State Park is located 15 miles west of Cavalier on the northeastern side of North Dakota in Pembina County. The state park is nes …

Park Overview: LocationInside 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 1 …

Park Overview: LocationThe 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 driv …

Park Overview: LocationH. 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 Enderl …

Park Overview: LocationGunlogson 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 por …

Park Overview: 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 lak …

From Horseback Riding to Canoeing, You Can Find it All at Fort Ransom State Park Park Overview: LocationAlong the banks of the Sheyenne River, nestled quietly in the heavily wooded Sheyenne River Valley, is Fort Ransom State Park. A former military pos …

Park Overview: LocationSeven 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 …

Park Overview: LocationAs 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 of …

Devils Lake State Parks - A Great Outdoor Experience in North Dakota Park Overview: LocationNestled 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 sa …

Park Overview: LocationCross 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 ri …

Park Overview: LocationApproximately 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 h …