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Lewis and Clark State Park


Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands display a towering backdrop to one of the state's best recreation areas.

The park, of course, is named for the Corps of Discovery explorers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The expedition camped nearby on April 17, 1805, and an interpretive trail marker has been placed within the park to commemorate their historic journey through North Dakota.

Lake Sakakawea at LCSP

Lake Sakakawea offers excellent fishing (Walleye, Sauger, and Northern Pike) and boating opportunities. The park also offers a swimming beach with washed sand.

Two rare fish species, the pallid sturgeon and the prehistoric-looking paddlefish, can occasionally be found in the lake's western reaches.

The park also has a newly updated concession store for camping foods and necessities.


Lewis and Clark State Park is renting slips at its marina. For current slip rental rates please see LCSP Slip Rental Rates. For any questions about slip rentals please contact the park directly.


Lewis and Clark State Park is located 19 miles southeast of Williston on Highway 1804. (Maps)

Nearby attractions

Buffalo Trails Museum • Ft. Union Trading Post National Historic Site • Ft. Buford State Historic Site • Red Mike Golf Course • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit • Writing Rock State Historic Site • Missouri & Yellowstone rivers • Lake Sakakawea

Trail Types

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