Lewis and Clark State Park is situated on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. The park features miles of shoreline with picturesque views of towering buttes and rolling hills that provide a rugged backdrop for the park.
Modern boating facilities, including a marina with slip rentals and boat ramps, are major attractions. Anglers will find excellent fishing for walleye, sauger and northern pike.
Lewis and Clark State Park is home to a large native mixed-grass prairie and unique geological formations. Visitors can become acquainted with the natural communities associated with the park by hiking a self-guided nature trail.
Visitors can also enjoy the swimming area and a day-use beach located along the east shore of the campground near the camping cabins. Kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, fat tire bikes and snowshoes are available for rent.
Lewis & Clark State Park is home to two seasonal camping cabins. The Scoria and Flint cabins are situated next to one another along the edge of Lake Sakakawea. The cabins are located in the Siltstone Loop campground. The Scoria cabin is the only accessible cabin in the park.
Price: $70-85 per night (two-night minimum stay required)
If you're looking for an economical getaway, our camping cabins are a great choice. Open seasonally, these one-room cabins are air-conditioned and come with a small refrigerator. The cabins sleep five with one full bed and three twin 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 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.
41 Premium Campsites
(electricity, sewer & water)
Price: $30-35 per night
47 Modern Campsites
(electricity & water)
Price: $25-30 per night
2 Group Premium Campsites
(electricity, sewer, water and the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $30-35 per night, per unit
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3 Group Modern Campsites
(electricity, water and the ability to put multiple units on one site)
Price: $25-30 per night, per unit
8 Primitive Campsites
- Campsites can be booked 95 days in advance from the date you wish to stay.
- Reservations can be made online or by calling the call center (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.
Lewis & Clark Marina
The Lewis & Clark marina slips range from 20 feet to 50 feet in length and are protected by a rock breakwater. Two piers are available; Pier 1 slips are 20 feet to 28 feet and Pier 2 slips are 46 feet and 50 feet. The Marina offers fuel (premium) and a septic pump out service on the water. Navigable water levels are 1830 msl and above. Canoe and kayak rentals are offered during normal store hours during the summer season. Dry storage is available for both summer and winter seasons.
For questions concerning the marina or slip rentals, contact the park directly by at 701-859-3071 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Trader's Bay Visitor Center
The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday during the summer season and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter months. Ice, firewood, tackle, clothing, souvenirs, and snacks, as well as restrooms, are available.
Lewis & Clark State Park has a four-lane boat ramp that gives users access to Lake Sakakawea. The ramp is located on the east side of the park. Designated parking, restrooms, fishing cleaning station, marina and floating gas pump is located nearby.
Lewis & Clark State Park has three picnic shelter available. The North and South shelters both hold 64-96 people and the Friends shelter each holds 128 people. To reserve a picnic shelter call the park at (701) 859-3071.
North shelter (no electricity) . . . . . . . . . . . $50/day
South shelter (electricity & water) . . . . . . $50/day
Friends shelter (electricity) . . . . . . . . . . . . $75/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.
Canoe rentals are available for $32/half day or $50/full day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee. The park has 2 canoes available for rent.
Kayak rentals are available for $32/half day or $50/full day. Paddles and life vests are
included in rental fee. Two single kayaks and one double kayak are available for rental.
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. Two stand-up paddle boards are available for rent.
Snowshoe rentals are available for $15/day. Twelve pairs of snowshoes are available.
- Boat ramp
- Dog park
- Fish cleaning station
- Picnic shelters
- Sewage dump station
- Sewer and electrical hookups
- Showers and flush toilets
- Swim beach
- Visitor Center
On the north shore of Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark State Park is situated among the rugged buttes of the North Dakota Badlands. The park is named for the Corps of Discovery explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark The expedition camped nearby on April 17, 1805.
(formerly Prairie Nature Trail)
Distance: 1.1 miles
Open to: hiking
This self-guided nature trail includes a number of interpretive stations and is easily accessible from the trailhead near the park office and concession store. The nature trail features petrified wood and a boardwalk for an up-close look at wetland animals. Remember to leave natural items where you found them for others to enjoy. The interpretive trail meanders through native prairie and wooded ravines. Trail guides can be picked up at the Trader's Bay Visitor's Center or entrance booth.
(formerly North Trail System)
Distance: 1.43 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing
This trail has multiple access points near the campground loops and cabins and runs parallel to Lake Sakakawea in the northeast section of the park. The Greenhorn Trail goes through native prairie intermixed with traces of woody draw communities. While taking a break on one of the many benches provided, listen closely for the catlike "meow" of the gray catbird's call or perhaps spot the distinctive deep blue head and underparts of a male Lazuli bunting. Hikers may catch sight of soaring turkey vultures. A portion of the trail is groomed for snowshoeing in the winter.
(formerly South Trail System)
Distance: 2.6 miles
Open to: hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing
This 2.6-mile multi-looped route combines Lewis and Clark interpretation with some wonderful native prairie images, views of majestic Badlands and Lake Sakakawea. Open areas and native prairie hilltops provide good butterfly-watching opportunities. Catch a glimpse of common banded or Pawnee skippers flitting amongst the blazing stars or perhaps take a photo of an Ottoe skipper sitting on a purple coneflower. Birding opportunities along the trail are also great. Watch for the black bib and horn-like feathers of the horned lark or the large white wing patches of the lark bunting. Take a break on the bench under the ash tree and listen to the soft trickling of the stream and perhaps hear the familiar musical song of the yellow warbler, "sweet, sweet, sweet, I'm so very sweet." A portion of the trail is groomed for snowshoeing in the winter.
- A PDF Map of the trails is available here.
- A PDF Map of the winter 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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Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 01:00 pm - Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 02:00 pmCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Take a peaceful winter walk with our outdoor educator, Bridget, as she leads weekly guided hikes every Sunday through March 31. Bundle up, leave those winter worries behind, and let the cool air refresh your mind!
Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 10:00 am - 12:00 amCategories: Lewis & Clark State Park
Search for the sneaky leprechauns during this hiking event!