Lewis and Clark State Park Offers a Wide Array of Fun and Exciting Outdoor Activities
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.
Traveling by land from Bismarck, you will have to drive over 200 miles over about four hours through US-83 N, N Dakota 23 W, N Dakota 1804, and 119th Road NW. However, if you can’t wait that long to jump into the waters of the Missouri, you can take a plane to the Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, ND. From there, the park is only 23 miles to the east driving along N Dakota 1804 E/E Broadway, then turning right at 119th Road NW.
The explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped in the area in 1805 during the expedition to the Pacific Coast, after whom the park was eventually named. Archeologists, however, have found evidence that the banks of the Missouri in the vicinity had been inhabited by ancient Native Americans as early as two to eight thousand years before white men came along.
Like Lake Sakakawea State Park, Lewis and Clark was first developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, which turned over the management of the park to the North Dakota State Parks and Recreation Department in 1973.
With a concession store for camping foods and other necessities, you need not worry if you forgot to buy fuel for your portable stove. A marina with a boat ramp is available for mooring your boats, canoes, and kayaks as well as for launching bigger boats into the water. Rising waters, however, can sometimes limit its availability for use.
There are both primitive and modern campsites, with the latter having electric supply. There are also two cabins with patios that can comfortably house five people. Each of these is equipped with lights, fan, and heat. Although cooking inside the cabins is not allowed, there are outdoor grills and water facilities. For large groups on a picnic, a large picnic shelter can be rented.
Other amenities include wireless Internet connection and an RV dump station.
You can also go boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming in the huge river.
With the North Dakota Badlands consisting of towering buttes shaped into unique rugged forms, rolling hills, marshland, and prairie, the park is a great place for hiking. In fact, there exists an extensive trail system within the park, some of which is believed to have been trekked by Lewis and Clark themselves.
You will find blue grama and bluestem grasses, buffalo berry, prairie rose, and creeping juniper along the trails. Gumbo, silver leaf scurf pea, mariposa lilies, and wild bergamot also abound. Wild animals in the area include white-tailed and mule deer, badgers, beavers, and porcupines. Further, glancing skyward you could encounter different species of birds.
Learning activities are available for children as young as six years old, where they are guided by park rangers and naturalists as they study the flora and fauna of the park.
In winter, the camp remains open for skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snow mobile riding.
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Directions: Take H1804 and head SE towards Willston. After nineteen miles, you will reach the Lewis & Clark State Park
|Park Name:||Lewis and Clark State Park||Showers:||Yes|
|State Park:||Yes||Electrical Hookups:||Yes|
|Address:||4404 119th Road NW||Playground:||Yes|
|State:||North Dakota||Horses Allowed:||Yes|
|Phone Number:||(701) 859-3071||Boating:||Yes|
|Toll Free Number:||Canoeing:||Yes|
|Reservation Number:||Water Skiing:||Yes|
|Biking:||Yes||Others:||Wireless Internet available|
|Cabins & Lodging:||Yes||Tent Camping:||Yes|
A fee of $5 is charged for admission into the park per vehicle. For frequent guests a $25-pass with a validity of one year is available. Use of the primitive campsites costs $12 a night but if you want electric power, it will cost an extra $8. Cabin rental is at $40.
Hours and Seasons:
The Lewis and Clark State Park remains open for the entire year.