North Dakota has several nicknames that are all quite appropriate and descriptive. The official choice is “The Peace Garden State” which refers to the International Peace Garden that straddles the North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada border. Other monikers include “Roughrider Country” which gives a nod to Theodore Roosevelt’s Roughriders from the Spanish-American war that included several cowboys from North Dakota. The “Sioux State” and the “Flickertail State” are two other popular suggestions. They refer to the meaning of Dakota which is “friend” in the Sioux language or the abundant and comical ground squirrels that flick their tail when moving about. Whichever name you like the best, North Dakota is a land filled with beautiful vistas, abundant farmland and gorgeous river valleys. Here are ten of the most popular North Dakota RV camping spots.
10 Popular North Dakota RV Camping Spots
Beaver Creek Recreation Area – Lake Oahe (Linton)
Boating, camping, fishing and hunting are the main claims to fame when it comes to Lake Oahe about 15 miles outside of Linton. Despite the very rural setting, it is proving to be a favorite North Dakota RV camping spot. The park is perched on the northern side of Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe. Miles of trails and acres of public land is open to hikers and hunters alike. Nature trails offer sightings of various wildlife. The lake is full of a large variety of fish such as perch, pike and walleye. Swimming and skiing are also popular pastimes in the area.
Beaver Creek has over 60 campsites available for reservation. At least 40 of them offer electric hookups (30 amp). This is a well-maintained COE camp that is always clean and orderly. Rangers and park personnel patrol the camp and grounds on a regular schedule. Clean restrooms are on site as well as a water fill-up and dump station. Anglers and boaters will enjoy the spacious boat ramps and docks on two sides of the bay. A fish cleaning station is operational with water during the busy season. Kids and pets will enjoy the wide open spaces along with a playground to amuse the younger crowd.
Downstream Campground COE – Riverdale
Located below the Garrison Dam on the east bank of the Missouri River, the Downstream Campground offers something for the entire family. Summer activities include multiple water-related sports such as boating, fishing and skiing. One of the surprising pastimes that many people participate in while here is scuba diving. Lake Sakakawea is known for some of the best fishing in the state including the Chinook Salmon – it’s the only place in the state to find them. Other recreational pursuits include hiking, mountain biking and bird watching. Hunters flock to the area for the abundant wildlife. The park has regularly scheduled activities for families and a trip here isn’t complete without a tour of the adjacent fish hatchery.
This well-maintained COE park offers three different camping loops with approximately 115 sites. A few of these are primitive but the majority have at water and electric with one loop offering the choice of 20/30/50 amp hookups. There is a water fill site and a septic dump station at the entrance to the park. The roads and sites are all paved. Sites are back-in entry/exit but many are large enough to easily park the big rigs and toads. Clean and serviced flush toilets and spacious shower facilities are located in each loop. A large playground area with volleyball courts and horseshoe pits offer family fun.
Eggerts Landing – Valley City
With nearly 3000 acres of wildlife habitat surrounding the park area, there is no shortage of animals to observe. Managed by the COE, this park is pristine and will appeal to all members of your party. There is plenty to do on site and many things to see in the local area. Outdoor fun is the main attraction with hiking, water sports, bird watching and hunting at the top of the list. Fishing is excellent during both the warmer months and the winter when ice fishing gains popularity. Lake Ashtabula is one of the most popular destinations in North Dakota as well as one of the most scenic. Nature lovers will delight in this gorgeous area.
37 out of the 41 sites at this park offer electrical hookup (30 amps). A water fill station and dump site are both situated at the entrance to the park. Big rigs can park with some maneuvering on sites that are nicely spaced and private. Phone service is spotty at best but the seclusion and peaceful location are worth the inconvenience. Flush toilets and shower facilities are very clean and located in several spots. Nice playground and swimming beach for the kids. Pets are welcome.
Fort Ransom State Park – Fort Ransom
With mostly farm equipment and machinery on the local roadways, traffic isn’t a major concern around this south eastern North Dakota RV camping spot. A working farm on the property proves that this area truly celebrates nature and the region’s agricultural roots. Educational tours are offered of the farm with regular demonstrations and scheduled exhibitions at the homestead itself. The park is situated in the historic Sheyenne River Valley. The area is known for its bird watching activities as well as fishing and canoeing on the waterways. Along with camping, horseback riding is a popular summer activity with the campgrounds offering accommodations for those with horses and trailers. Many horse trails surround the area.
Paved roads lead to nicely leveled and packed dirt sites. Select sites have pull-through entry/exit for the larger rigs or those with trailers. Power and water are available at a few of the sites (reserve early) with the equestrian sites also having corrals for the horses. Primitive sites are available with some having electrical hookups. Water and a dumpsite are also at the entrance to the property. Clean restrooms with showers are available along with a camp store. The park is pet and kid friendly as long as they are monitored at all times.
General Sibley Park – Bismarck
A beautiful, sprawling RV park that makes you forget you’re only a few minutes from town. Located on the banks of the Missouri River, the park has its own boat ramp for boats under 15′ long as well as canoes and kayaks. Fishing, swimming and paddling are popular activities during the summer months. The park has lots of things to keep everyone in the family busy. A 24-hole disc golf course, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pit offer sport for the competitive members. An interpretive trail for hikers and a small free library offer more laid back pursuits. The playground area for kids and wide open spaces for pets allow even more freedom from the rig. A quick 5 minute drive takes you to town for further entertainment, dining and shopping.
Spacious, pull-through sites are mostly level and paved. Most sites have plenty of shade and grassy areas. Big rigs are easily maneuvered and parked. Hookups include power (30 and 50 amp) and water. Each RV site includes its own fire ring and picnic table. Dump stations are located at the park’s entrance. Full service restrooms with spacious showers are located throughout the park. A well-stocked camp store offers food, ice and other supplies including firewood and plenty of ice cream treats. Regular planned activities during the peak season.
Icelandic State Park – Cavalier
Icelandic State Park sits on the shores of Lake Renwick, a 900+ acre man-made lake. The area is full places to explore and learn about North Dakota’s rich homesteading history. Within the park itself visitors can tour the historic Akra Community Hall and Hallson Church. Nearby sites include Pioneer Heritage Center and Gunlogson Nature Preserve. With over 200 acres of the preserve’s wilderness to immerse themselves in, visitors can spot dozens of different species in a day. Photographers delight in the opportunities to capture images of rare birds such as a Pileated Woodpecker. Along with the water sports in the summer, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities.
The park has over 130 sites and 7 group sites that have water and electrical (30 & 50 amp) hookups. Some sites have shared water so a hose is a good thing to have on hand. Most sites have pull-through entry/exit with paved roads leading up to them. The majority of the sites are paved and level with plenty of room for most rigs. A very clean and well-designed dump station is located at the park’s entrance. Plenty of shade at sites and in the park. Picnic tables nicely placed under big oaks throughout the area. Kids and pets will enjoy the wide open areas and the playgrounds.
Jamestown Campground – Jamestown
Relaxation is the name of the game at this lovely park. It is easy access just off I-94 west of the town of Jamestown. An unfortunately bumpy, dusty county road leads to this privately-owned gem of a park. The lovely owners do everything they can to create a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. The park is full of lilacs in the spring which just adds to the charm of the location. While the park is strict on their rules regarding dogs, they are welcome and are even provided with an excellent dog walking trail of just under a mile in length. Close to town for supplies and dining. Don’t miss a trip to the Buffalo Museum for a sighting of the rare white buffalo and the rest of the herd.
A well-designed layout provides back-to-back parking of even the largest rigs. The hookups on neighbor sites are thoughtfully placed so you aren’t enjoying your picnic while staring at the sewer hookup next door. Most sites are pull-through with some back-ins as well. Hookups range from full (water, power and sewer) down to just electric with 30 and 50 amp both available. WiFi is available with good satellite reception at select sites (just ask owner to set you up at one). Very clean comfort station with nice restrooms and spacious showers with great water pressure. Laundry facility is very well maintained and handy. Nice playground area for the younger set.
Lake Metigoshi State Park – Bottineau
Right on the North Dakota and Canada borders, this lovely park is perfectly situated in the Turtle Mountains. It is one of the most popular North Dakota RV camping destinations as it boasts year-round activities and sights. Several smaller “lakes” or areas of the Lake Metigoshi offer ample boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming opportunities. Kayaking and paddling are also popular in the summer and fall months. During the winter, the park is a prime location for cross-country skiing, ice fishing, sledding and snowshoeing. Over 8 miles of hiking trails provide ample chances at seeing the local wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The Lake Metigoshi Learning Center puts on regular events and presentations.
This very quiet and secluded park has many large pull-through sites that will easily accommodate big rigs and towed vehicles. The key is to reserve early as it does book up fast for the busy season. Many of the sites do have an issue with being level so plan accordingly. Hookups are available for water and power (30 and 50 amp). A sewer dump station and water fill site are located at the park’s entrance. Nice restrooms and shower facilities are available. Pets and kids are welcome but must adhere to park rules.
Lake Sakakawea State Park – Pick City
Known for the phenomenal angling, this immense lake of almost 400,000 acres is home to some of the best sport fish around. The park offers a full service marina with boat ramps, fishing docks and fish cleaning stations. Windsurfers and sail boaters will also enjoy the large expanse of water and the great winds that blow across the surface. Those who prefer a slower pace can rent a kayak or canoe and cruise across the shallower waters. Hikers and stargazers will also enjoy the beautiful area and clear skies. Miles of shoreline offer plenty to do and see.
The campground has sites to fit every rig configuration or tent camping needs. The higher end sites have water and electricity hookups (30 and 50 amp) with large gravel pads and easy entry/exit for big rigs. Some sites offer pull-through parking – book early as these sites go first. The rest of the sites are more primitive and are either dry or completely hookup free. The park has four nicely-maintained and wide dump stations near the entrance. Water service is also available in that spot. A camp store is located at the marina with snacks and boat rental services. Park rangers patrol the site several times a day and through the night.
North Park Campground – Dickinson
With the Theodore Roosevelt National Park on many people’s bucket list, this lovely RV park outside of Dickinson is the perfect place to stay. It is easily accessed from I-94 but you don’t have to deal with any highway noise. Along with the wildlife and wilderness in the NP, there is quite a bit to see in the surrounding area that makes this a perfect North Dakota RV camping destination. The small town of Medora boasts the Medora Musical which is a lot of fun. The Enchanted Highway is not to be missed. For necessity shopping, there is a Walmart and two travel plazas less than a mile away.
Extra long pull-through sites each boast full hookups – water, power (30 and 50 amp) and sewer. Updated Wi-Fi is available and most spaces are satellite-friendly (ask the helpful hosts to direct you to the best spots). The park is laid out quite well which makes it easy to maneuver and park even the biggest rigs and toads. Very nice and clean restrooms with spacious shower stalls. Laundry facilities are well-designed and conveniently located. Pets are welcome.