All vehicles entering a state park must display a valid entrance permit year-round. If a park aide is not on duty at the entrance station, daily entrance permits and camping fees may be paid by using a self-registration system posted at the entrance. Annual permits may be purchased at the entrance station or park offices; or they can be purchased in advance by credit card(Mastercard, Visa or Discover) through our Online Reservation System or by calling the North Dakota State Parks Headquarters office in Bismarck at 701.328.5357.
A daily or annual entrance permit is required in addition to the camping fee.
ND Parks and Recreation offers many different camping opportunities in our parks. We offer primitive camping sites (sites with no electricity or water), modern camping sites (sites with electricity and water), cabins, yurts, tipis and overnight group facilities (at Lake Metigoshe State Park only). Please see campsite types for a listing of all types of campsites offered by ND Parks and Recreation.
Campsite prices: Prices vary based on site type and amenities and on season (Full-Service Season: Mid-May through mid September, Off-Season: Mid-September through mid-May). For current pricing please see our *Online Reservation System or call our Call Center at 800.807.4723. You may also view a fee listing at Fees and Facilities Brochure (pdf 6.3m).
*Note: To get to pricing infromation in the online system, click on the 'Make a Reservation' link, select the park you are interested in and select a site with the amenities you want. The cost will be listed in the site details.
Campsite Capacity: One camping unit with up to six people allowed per campsite. Exception: An additional tent may be allowed for a single-family with minor children less than 18 years of age. Permission of park management required.
To see more detailed descriptions of campsites available in each park and/or to make a reservation please visit our Online Reservation System.
Horseback riding is allowed at Fort Ransom, Little Missouri, Fort Abraham Lincoln and Sully Creek state parks. In addition to the park entrance and camping fees, a horse user fee is charged to help improve horse trails. Users are responsible for the upkeep of corrals and other impact areas. An area is designated for dumping manure. Use of certified weed-free feed is required at all state parks; and certified forage is available for sale at all four parks with horseback riding facilities.
For information on daily or seasonal slip rentals at Lake Sakakawea State Park, contact Captain Kit's Marina at 701.487.3600. For information about marina services at Fort Stevenson State Park call 701.337.5576 and for Lewis and Clark State Park call 701.859.3071. Information about boat ramp access on the Missouri River system, including Lake Sakakawea, will be available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's web site this spring.
A $5 shower permit is required for each person entering the park whose sole purpose is to use the park’s shower facility.
Coin operated shower facilities do not require a shower permit. The cost of a coin operated shower is $1/8 minutes. These shower facilities can be found at Sully Creek and Little Missouri State Parks.
Ski equipment and snowshoes are available for rent at Lake Metigoshe State Park and Cross Ranch State Park only. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Lake Metigoshe, Fort Ransom, Fort Stevenson, Lewis and Clark, and Cross Ranch state parks. A $50 damage deposit per canoe is required. There is an additional fee for transporting or picking up canoes. A minimum rental of 2 hours is required.