Beaver Lake State Park provides an escape from the rigors of everyday life, offering a relaxing atmosphere in a secluded outdoor setting next to a quiet lake. The lake is nestled among the gently rolling prairie that provides scenic views for leisurely walks. 

The park has a colorful and historic background relating to the early settlers of Logan, McIntosh and Emmons counties. Park visitors can view a historic cairn that stands in the park as a testament to the efforts of those who helped establish the park. 

The park offers primitive and modern camping as well as three camping cabins for those wanting to get away from it all. Park guests will find plenty to occupy their time. Whether it’s studying the area’s fascinating history, discovering the plentiful natural resources, taking advantage of refreshing water sports, hiking, mountain biking, fishing or just relaxing in the shade of an American elm.


Beaver Lake State Park is home to three seasonal camping cabins. The Hoberg, Homestead, and Pioneer cabin are all situated next to one another along the lake's edge. The cabins are located near the primitive campsites right off the main campground loop. 


Exterior of camping cabin

Camping Cabins
Price: $70-85 per night (two-night minimum stay required)
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If you're looking for an economical getaway during the summer, our camping cabins are a great choice. Open seasonally, these cabins have air conditioning and heat and come with a small refrigerator and microwave. The cabins sleep five with one full bed and three twin beds, set up bunkbed style. All the cabins are accessible. 

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Overnight Rental Information

- Cabin users are expected to do general cleaning before vacating, including sweeping, wiping down surfaces and collecting and bagging trash.

- Check-in is after 4 pm, check-out is at noon. 

- Smoking is not allowed in any cabins. 

- Game or fish cleaning in or around cabins is not allowed. Please contact park staff for other arrangements. 

- Pets are not allowed in cabins.

- Bedding and towels are not provided. 

- Find answers to other common questions about reservations here.


Campsite Type

25 Modern Campsites
(electricity & water)
Price: $25-30 per night

3 Modern Group Campsites 
(electricity, the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $25-30 per night, per unit

5 Primitive Campsites
Price: $15/night

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Campground Map

Full Park Map

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Camping Information

- Campsites can be booked 95 days in advance from the date you wish to stay.

- Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-807-4723. 

- Check-in is at 4:00 pm on the first day of the reservation and checkout is at 3:00 pm on the last day of the reservation.

- Pets are welcome but must stay on a leash. Most parks have off-leash areas or dog parks for your four-legged friends.

- Find answers to other common questions about reservations here.

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Day-use Facilities

Picnic Shelters

Beaver Lake has two small shelters. Each shelter includes six picnic tables and has electricity.  Picnic shelters can be booked by calling the park at (701) 452-2752.

Per Shelter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25/day

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Additional Park Amenities
  • Boat ramp
  • Flush toilets
  • Picnic shelters
  • Sewage dump station
  • Showers
  • Swim beach


Beaver Lake State Park's non-motorized trail system covers 5.14 miles in a series of loops and several connecting segment trails that are open for hiking and biking. The Beaver Lake Nature Trail is a self-guided nature trail open to hiking only. Most of the trail system surface is either grass, dirt or hard-packed single-track, with manageable grades with only a few steeper sections.

Beaver Lake Nature Trail

Distance: 0.32 miles
Open to: hiking

This self-guided interpretive trail begins and ends at the swimming area. The nature trail winds through woodlands, skirts the lake shoreline and meanders through the rolling prairie. 

Old Settlers Trails

Distance: 0.49 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking

This trail starts just south of the amphitheater and winds its way along the lake shoreline, passing the tent campground, park cabins, picnic area and shelters coming to an end just north of the park entrance. The trail provides scenic overlooks of the lake. The stone cairn bearing an inscription naming the park founders and park dedication date of July 24, 1932, can be seen from the trail. In addition, from the trail one can glimpse the old stone cabin, which was used by the park caretaker as a residence.

Woodland Trail

Distance: 0.67 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking

Starting south of the west campground comfort station, this biking/hiking trail meanders in and out of grasslands and woodland areas providing habitat for a variety of bird species. Common summer bird species to look for include kingbirds, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, chickadees, and yellow warblers.

Moraine Loop Trail

Distance: 2.28 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking

This trail starts at the trailhead just south of the entrance road, loops through native prairie, then meets the Lake View Trail at a signed junction. Hikers can easily see the shape of the landscape carved out by a glacier as they travel up and over the rocky moraine. The trail offers some excellent views of Beaver Lake and provides good bird and butterfly watching opportunities.

Lake View Loop Trail

Distance: 0.36 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking

The short .36 mile trail is located between the Moraine Loop and Rolling Prairie Loop in the southern portion of the park. Access can only be gained by traveling along the Moraine Loop. A short 0.09-mile trail segment provides a link from the Lake View Trail to the southernmost, secluded Rolling Prairie Loop Trail. The trail skirts several green ash-American elm woody draws that provide important food and cover for game and non-game species such as birds, beaver, raccoons, rabbits, deer, and squirrels.

Rolling Prairie Loop Trail

Distance: 1.02 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking

This 1.02 -mile biking-hiking trail explores rolling prairie and wooded ravines in the most secluded area of the park. The scenic trail displays an array of prairie wildflowers and native grasses. Prairie wildflowers include Missouri goldenrod, scarlet gaura, silver scurfpea, vetch, white milkwort, yellow coneflower, and leadplant. Common prairie grasses include western wheatgrass, big bluestem, little bluestem, green needle grass, needle-and-thread grass, porcupine grass and prairie junegrass.


Trail Maps:

  • A PDF Map of the trails is available here.
  • All North Dakota State Park and Recreation Area maps are available free on Avenza maps, download the free App here.
  • Paper park maps are also available at the park.

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Beaver Lake State Park
3850 70th St. SE
Wishek, ND 58495

(701) 452.2752

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