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, breathtaking views and year-round special events, there is always something fun to do. 

Fort Stevenson is three miles south of Garrison, the “Walleye Capital” of North Dakota, and is a preferred spot 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 1800s 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. 


Interior of Western Engineer CabinWestern Engineer Cabin
Price: $135-150 per night (two-night minimum stay required)
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The Western Engineer Cabin is a premium cabin available for year-round stays! The cabin sleeps six and features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a queen bed and twin bunk beds. Enjoy modern amenities including full kitchen, full bathroom, air conditioning, heating, WiFi, and a patio with a picnic table and charcoal grill. There is also an adjacent campsite with power and water that can be added to your reservation for an additional $25 per night.


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Price: $70-85 per night (two-night minimum stay required)
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The Rosebud, Yellowstone and Far West camping cabins each sleep five, bunkbed-style with one full and three twins. Each cabin is equipped with lights, heat, air conditioning, small refrigerator 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 mid-May through September.

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Overnight Rental Information

- Guests 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

48 Premium Campsites 
(electricity, water & sewer)
Price: $30-35 per night

1 Premium Group Campsite 
(electricity, water & sewer)
Price: $30-35 per night

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

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Campground Map

Full Park Map


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

17 Primitive Campsites
Price: $15 per night

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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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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

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.

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Day-use Facilities

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

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Rental Equipment

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

Aqua Lily Pads

Aqua Pads are available for $20/hour or $80/day.

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 $32/half day or $50/full 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 $32/half day or $50/full day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee.


Kicksled rentals are available for $15/day.

Motorized Boat Rentals

Motorized boat rentals are available at Fort Stevenson State Park.

Life jackets are included with rental fee.

 16ft Boat $150/day

17ft Boat $175/day

 22 ft & 20 ft Pontoons $400-450/day

Paddleboat Rentals

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


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.

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Additional Park Amenities
  • Arboretum
  • Boat ramps
  • Dog park
  • 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 10 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: 2.32 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 and begins at the trailhead just south of the Guardhouse. This southern trail winds through non-native and native grasslands, eventually connecting to the deTrobriand Loop. The trail offers an overlook of deTrobriand Bay.

deTrobriand Loop

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

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

This 0.63-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 instructions on how to use the equipment.

Whitetail Loop

Distance: 0.9 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing

Whitetail loop is 0.9 miles in length and wanders through tree and shrub planting offerings that support a diverse bird population.

Arboretum Loop

Distance: 0.48 miles
Open to: hiking

Arboretum Trail is a double loop about 0.48 miles in length. The trail is an excellent educational experience as it winds through the planting of over 50 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses.

Eagle Ridge Loop

Distance: 0.22 miles
Open to: hiking

The Eagle Ridge Loop is a self-guided interpretive trail 0.2 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 birdlife. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees are 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.


Trail Maps:

  • A PDF map of the summer trails is available here.
  • A PDF map of the winter trails is available here.
  • All North Dakota State Park and Recreation Area trail information is available on the OuterSpatial App.
  • Paper park maps are also available at the park.

Celebrate with us! This year marks Fort Stevenson State Park's 50th Anniversary. Find the full printable schedule of events here.


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Junior Governor's Cup Fishing Derby

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

Categories: Fort Stevenson State Park

Kids can show off their fishing skills at the North Dakota Junior Governor's Cup Youth fishing derby held in the de Trobriand Marina. The derby is open to anyone aged 17 years old and younger.

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

(701) 337-5576

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