Experience Icelandic State Park’s Gunlogson State Nature Preserve and Pioneer Heritage Center

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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.

From the town of Cavalier, head west on Highway 5 near the US-Canada border and drive for about five miles to reach Icelandic State Park.


Several years after the establishment of Pembina County, Icelanders coming from Lake Winnipeg’s nearby New Iceland and other colonies in Wisconsin discovered the area and settled there. The new settlers named their townships after several towns in Iceland. These were Akra, Beaulieu, Gardar, and Thingwalla.

Icelandic State Park was established primarily to preserve the heritage of this homesteading era in the area.


The state park is famous for the Gunlogson State Nature Preserve and the Pioneer Heritage Center. Outdoors, campers can choose from the park’s 160 campsites (most of them with water and electricity), showers, pit toilets and flush toilets, tables, and a sewage dumping station. The park also has a playground and picnic shelters for outdoor gatherings as well as miles and miles of hiking trails for the nature trekker. And, of course, being one of the best places for boating in the area, Icelandic also has its own boat ramp.


A variety of activities await you at Icelandic State Park. Camping, hiking, and biking are staples, and so are picnicking, swimming, and boating. The park’s Lake Renwick is also a great place for almost all types of water sports. In the winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing can take the place of summer hiking, and history buffs can follow the guided interpretive tours.

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Directions: Take Highway 5, located near the US — Canada borders, and travel 5 miles west past the town of Cavalier

Park Details:
Park Name: Icelandic State Park Showers: Yes
State Park: Yes Electrical Hookups: Yes
Address: 13571 Highway 5, Cavalier, North Dakota Playground: Yes
City: Cavalier Acreage: 0
State: North Dakota Horses Allowed: No
Zip Code: 58220 Picknicking: Yes
Phone Number: (701) 265-4561 Boating: Yes
Toll Free Number: 1-800-807-4723 Canoeing: Yes
Reservation Number: 1-800-807-4723 Water Skiing: Yes
Email Address: isp@nd.gov Fishing: Yes
RV Sites: Yes Swimming: Yes
Pets Allowed: No Restaurant: No
Hiking: Yes Reservations Allowed: Yes
Biking: Yes Others: 3 cabins and 159 campsites
Cabins & Lodging: Yes Tent Camping: Yes

Entrance to Icelandic State Park is pegged at a similar rate to that of almost all other state parks in North Dakota–$5 for one-time entrance per vehicle and $25 for an all-year-round pass. Primitive camping is $12 per night per head, while power camping is $20 per night per head.

Hours and Seasons:
The best time to visit the state park is from the month of May to September, but the park is open throughout the entire year. For interpretive and nature tours, you may call ahead to ensure the availability of a guide.