On the south shore of the third largest man-made reservoir in the nation, lies Lake Sakakawea State Park. The park is surrounded by miles of lakeshore, providing stunning views. Visitors can spend time at the swim beach, camping beneath the trees, hiking on the trails, or out on the lake. Sailboaters and windsurfers can take advantage of North Dakota’s fabled wind, on this 368,000-acre lake.
Lake Sakakawea is known for its premier fishing. The lake is home to Walleye, Northern Pike and Chinook Salmon. Anglers can find a full-service marina, a convenience store, and a fish cleaning station. Boat ramps in the park offer deep water access to some of the best salmon fishing on the lake.
The park is also home to the Western Terminus of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a trail stretching 4,600 miles over 7 states from Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota to the Vermont border of New York. The trail also passes through Fort Ransom State Park.
Lake Sakakawea State Park is home to two seasonal camping cabins. The cabins are located in the Sanish Campground and are both handicap accessible.
Price: $60 per night
Looking for an economical getaway during the summer, our camping cabins are a great choice. Open seasonally, these cabins are air-conditioned and come with a small refrigerator. The cabins sleep five with one queen bed and 3 single beds, set up bunkbed style.
- 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.
153 Modern Campsites
(electricity & water)
Full-Service season: $25/night
Off season: $20/night
10 Group Campsites
(the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Full-Service season: $25/night*
Off season: $20/night*
*Pricing is per night, per unit
42 Primitive Campsites
Full-Service season: $17/night
Off season: $12/night
Lake Sakakawea Marina
The marina has a functional elevation range from 1805msl to 1855msl and is protected by a concrete breakwater. Marina facilities are supported by Lakeshore convenience store, a gas dock, pump-out service, and boat and camper storage. A total of 74 slips ranging in size from 24-72 feet in length are available for seasonal rent along with 3 transient slips available for daily use.
Slip Rental Information
For questions concerning the marina or slip rentals, contact the park directly by at (701) 487-3315 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Lakeshore store sells hand-dipped ice cream, ice, beverages, pizzas, bait, tackle, clothing, camping gear, and ND products. Wi-Fi is available inside the store and extends to the near-by dock areas. Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) are offered on loan for both adults and children.
Lake Sakakawea State Park has two boat ramps available for use. One is a multi-lane ramp located on the west side of the park, and one is a single lane on the southeast side of the park. Courtesy docks are available at both ramps. Designated parking, a vault toilet, fish cleaning station, marina, and a floating gas pump is located nearby.
Lake Sakakawea State Park has two small shelters (no electricity) that hold 30-40 people each. They also have a large shelter (electricity and lights) that can hold up to 300 people. Pricing depends on group size. To book a picnic shelter please call the park at (701) 487-3315.
Small shelter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25/day
Large Shelter (1-150 people). . . . . . . . . . . . $75/day
Large Shelter (150-200 people). . . . . . . . . $100/day
Large Shelter (200-300 people). . . . . . . . . $200/day
If renting equipment for a larger group, contact the park ahead of time to ensure equipment is available.
Fat tire bike rentals are available for $8/hour or $50/day.
Helmets included with rental. Four fat tire bikes are available for rent.
- Boat ramp
- Dump station
- Fish cleaning station
- Full-service marina
- Horseshoe pits
- Picnic shelters
- Playgrounds (2)
- Sand volleyball courts
- Sewer and electrical hookups
- Showers and flush toilets
- Swim beach
- Visitor center
The park is the terminus of the North Country National Scenic Trail which, when completed, will stretch 4,600 miles from upstate New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park. Several multi-use trails in the park are perfect for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Hikers are encouraged to take in the scenic beauty of the completed segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail found in this park.
North Country Trail
Distance: 1.78 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking
The North Country Trail is one of this park’s highlights. Beginning at Crown Point in eastern New York the trail crosses seven states before ending at the western terminus of Lake Sakakawea State Park. The NCT is the longest continuous hiking trail (4600 miles) in the U.S. The trail can be accessed just outside the Visitor Center where a large sign rises from the hill prairie with a backdrop of Lake Sakakawea, affording a nice place for photos. This shortgrass prairie is home to a myriad of native flowers and pollinators. The trail continues through mature elm/ash coulees where deer, pheasants and numerous birds may be sighted. The trail climbs in elevation as it hooks up with Whitetail Trail and continues down to the south end of the park where there is a good view of the Army Corps of Engineer’s Intake Structure leading to the Garrison Dam.
Distance: 2.7 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking
The Shoreline Trail transverses the entire length, North-South of the park and is the longest distance trail at this site. Beginning at the east side of the Sanish Group sites the trail follows where the waters of Lake Sakakawea waters meet the land. One will experience the many outcroppings of scoria formations, along with petrified trunks of ancient trees. There are several coal veins that strongly contrast against the red scoria rocks. The tail’s southern end encompasses several quieter bays where shorebirds and waterfowl may be seen.
Distance: .22 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking
Whitetail Loop is the park’s shortest loop, but rich with a variety of mature elm, juneberry, ash and Buffaloberry tree species. This is a favorite site for watching Yellow Warblers, Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Rufus Tohee and other native birds. This trail hooks up with The North Country Trail on the west side of this loop. There is a moderate climb in elevation along this loop.
Distance: .36 miles
Open to: hiking
The Overlook Trail begins just past the Visitor Center and the edge of a shaded coulee where Chokecherry trees fill with fruit in late August. The trail continues towards the lake where there is a breathtaking overlook, girdled with unadulterated prairie containing mature Yucca, Blazing Star, Prickly Pear Cactus, Leadplant and a host of other native forbs and grasses. This point also is a photo paradise as the Main Intake Structure for the Garrison Dam is in full view. This trail also accesses The North Country Trail, Whitetail and Shoreline trails as it travels east towards the lake.