Fort Stevenson State Park

Fort Stevenson State Park is nestled in the bluffs along the north shore of Lake Sakakawea. With miles of trails, a wide variety of rental equipment, breath-taking views, and year-round special events, there is always something fun to do. 

Known as the “Walleye Capital” of North Dakota, Fort Stevenson is a preferred spot for sportsmen to experience a great day on the lake. Boaters will find excellent facilities, including two marinas with boat ramp access, boat rentals, and fish cleaning facilities. 

The park is named after a late 1800’s fort that served as a supply depot for other military posts in the Dakota Territory. Park visitors can learn about the military past by visiting the park museum or by attending the Frontier Military Days event in June. 
 

North Cabin.jpgNorth & South Cabins
Price: $70 per night

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The North and South Cabins at Fort Stevenson offers a beautiful view of Lake Sakakawea. These quiet cabins sleep 4 with a bunk bed and a single bed. The cabins include a bathroom and a kitchen. On the weekends (Friday & Saturday) and holidays, a two-night minimum stay is required for the North and South Cabins.

 

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Camping Cabins
Price: $60 per night

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The C1, C2, C3 camping cabins each sleep 5, bunkbed-style. Each cabin is equipped with lights, heat, air conditioning, and a deck. Cooking is not allowed inside, but a grill and picnic table are located outside of each cabin. The cabins do not have showers, sinks or toilets, but most are within a short walk to a campground comfort station. Camping cabins are generally available from May 19th to September 30th.

Overnight Rental Information

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

- On the weekends (Friday & Saturday) and holidays, a two-night minimum stay is required for all full-service cabins. 

- 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. 

- The full list of park fees can be found in the 2019 Fee's & Facilities Brochure

campsite type

30 Modern Plus Campsites 
(electricity, water & sewer)
Price: $30/night

20 Group Modern Campsites 
(electricity, water and the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $25/night*
*Pricing is per night, per unit

90 Modern Campsites
(electricity & water)
Price: $25/night

Campground Map

 

2 Group Primitive Campsites 
(the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $17/night*
*Pricing is per night, per unit

39 Primitive Campsites
Price: $17/night
 

Camping Information

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

- Reservations can be made online, by calling the call center (800-807-4723) or calling the park directly. 

- The full list of park fees can be found in the 2019 Fee's & Facilities Brochure

- 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.

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Fort Stevenson State Park is located on the North Eastern shore of Lake Sakakawea and is home to two marinas, Garrison Bay and de Trobriand Bay.

Garrison Bay Marina

Garrison Bay, a deep-water marina on the west side of the park, has a floor elevation of 1790msl and is host to 61 electric dock slips ranging in size from 26 to 56 feet in length. There are also 4 jet ski docks.  All slips are available on a seasonal basis, four of the slips are dedicated for transient use and any slips not rented for the season are also available for transient use on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. The marina supports a gas dock with premium gas only, sewage pump out services, rental boats, boat storage and canoe/kayak/SUP rental and storage services.

Marina Maps

Marina Store

The concession store operates from 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, 7-days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is stocked with ice cream, bait, tackle, clothing, ice, pop, camping gear, and ND products.  The store also operates a grill and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has free WiFi.

de Trobriand Bay Marina 

Located on the east side of the park and has a functional elevation range from 1828msl to 1854msl.  This location can accommodate 44 electric slip sizes ranging from 26 to 40 feet and 4 buoyed moorings.  All slips are available on a seasonal basis and any slips not rented for the season are also available for transient use on a monthly, weekly or daily basis.  The marina supports showers, canoe/kayak/SUP storage, boat storage, soda vending machines, and a fish cleaning station. 

Marina Maps

General Information

Fort Stevenson Slip Rental Information

For questions concerning the marina or slip rentals, contact the park directly by at (701) 337-5576 or email at fssp@nd.gov.

Boat Ramps

Fort Stevenson State Park has two wide multilane concrete ramps one located at Garrison Bay and one at deTrobriand Bay that gives users access to Lake Sakakawea. Both ramps have a courtesy dock. Designated parking, a vault toilet, fish cleaning station, marina, and floating gas pump is located nearby.

Day-use Faciliites

de Trobriand Bay Lodge

The de Trobriand Bay Lodge seats up to 50 and is equipped with a sink, refrigerator, and counter serving area. It is available for use mid-May to late September. To book the lodge please call the park at (701) 337-5576.

Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50/day

Picnic Shelters

Fort Stevenson State Park has two small shelters available for use. Each shelter has six picnic tables and can hold up to 48 people. Shelters do not have electricity. To book a picnic shelter please call the park at (701) 337-5576.

Picnic Shelter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25/day

Rental Equipment

If renting equipment for a larger group, contact the park ahead of time to ensure equipment is available.

Bike Rentals

Fat tire bike rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day.
Helmets included with rental.

Canoe Rentals

Canoe rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee.

 Cross Country Skis

Cross-country ski rentals are available for $15/day.

 Kayak Rentals

Kayak rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee.

Motorized Boat Rentals

Motorized boat rentals are available at Fort Stevenson State Park.

Life jackets are included with rental fee.

 16ft Boat $105/day

17ft Boat $115/day

 Pontoon $295/day

Paddleboat Rentals

Paddleboat rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day. Life vests are
included in rental fee.

Snowshoes

Snowshoe rentals are available for $15/day.

 Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

Stand up paddleboard rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee.

 

Additional Park Amenities
  • Arboretum
  • Boat ramps
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Gas dock
  • Guardhouse interpretive center
  • Marinas with seasonal and transient slips 
  • Marina concession/restaurant
  • Picnic shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Sewage dump station
  • Showers and flush toilets
  • Swim beach 
  • Visitor center

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Nearly ten miles of trails provide hiking, biking and interpretive opportunities in long, linear trail segments and shorter loops. The trail system winds through tree plantings, shrublands, ponderosa pine woodlands, wooded ravines, grasslands, and native prairie. Trails follow the lake shoreline and wander over remote portions of the park.

Flicker Loop

Distance: 2.3 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing

Flicker Trail is the park’s longest at 2.3 miles. Its loops and segments stretch from the trailhead just south of the Guard House, up and along the western shoreline, past the Prairie Dog Town and include a one-mile loop just north of the North Loop Campground. The trail meanders through a remnant of native prairie. Common native grasses found in these areas include needle-and-thread, western wheatgrass, blue grama, and little bluestem. The trail also skirts tree plantings and a couple of small wooded ravine areas with an overstory of green ash, American elm, and box elder. The trail provides the access point to the Northern Pine Loop.

Northern Pine Loop

Distance: 2.22 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing

Northern Pine Loop, 2.2 miles, wanders into the park’s northern portion and is accessed by the Flicker Loop. The trail is secluded amongst the ponderosa pine woodlands. There are spectacular views of the marina and Garrison Bay.

Purple Coneflower Loop

Distance: 1.08 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing

This trail is one-mile, begins at the trailhead just south of the Guard House. This southern trail winds through non-native and native grasslands, eventually connecting to the de Trobriand Loop. The trail offers an overlook of de Trobriand Bay.

de Trobriand Loop

Distance: 1.7 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing

This loop is a 1.7-mile trail meandering through a variety of habitats including tree plantings, mixed-grass prairie, and shrublands. Portions of the trail parallel the eastern shoreline of Lake Sakakawea.

Trooper Challenge Loop

Distance: .7 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing

This .7 mile trail,  promotes health and fitness, providing a pleasant place to bicycle, walk or run. It also caters to cross country skiers during the winter. The loop offers 16 stations, each with exercise apparatus and posted instruction on how to use the equipment.

Whitetail Loop

Distance: .9 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing

Whitetail loop is .9 miles in length and wanders through tree and shrub planting offerings which support a diverse bird population.

Arboretum Loop

Distance: .48 miles
Open to: hiking

Arboretum Trail is a double loop about .48 miles in length. The trail is an excellent educational experience as it winds through planting of over 50 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses.

Eagle Ridge Loop

Distance: .22 miles
Open to: hiking

The Eagle Ridge Loop is a self-guided interpretive trail .2 miles long. The trailhead is south of campsite number 70 of Middle Loop Campground. This hiking trail travels through a green ash draw teeming with bird life. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees among the species found all year. In the spring, resident thrushes and finches are joined by several species of warblers. Birds represent only a portion of the diverse fauna found here. Species such as deer, weasels, and bats are more elusive.

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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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EMS Kid Strong

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Join us in celebrating EMS week with the 4th annual EMS Kid Strong event at Fort Stevenson State Park! Featuring Public Service entities as they provide family fun activities to include bounce houses and tours of the many types of emergency personnel equipment.


Sky Fest over Fort Stevenson

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Kite flying festival for all ages. Fly your own kite. Build your own kite. See kites of all shapes and sizes being flown, including stunt kites.


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Contact

Fort Stevenson State Park
1252A 41st Avenue NW
Garrison, ND 58540-9229


(701) 337-5576
fssp@nd.gov

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