Some park services shut off but fall camping continuesNorth Dakota’s state parks remain open with camping opportunities in the fall.
North Dakota’s state parks remain open with camping opportunities in the fall.
Most state parks with year-round staffing offer camping including electrical hookups, water, hot showers and camping cabins through the end of September.
Selected parks provide electrical hookups all year. Most state park campgrounds will discontinue campsite water service by the end of September and at some, comfort stations and waste stations will be closed. In the event of freeze warnings, waterlines may be shutoff earlier.
Campsite reservations are not needed in the fall and winter besides at Fort Ransom. Reservations are available through Wednesday, by calling 800-807-4723.
After the end of September, the state’s 11 year-round parks will continue to offer limited camping services right up until the snow blocks campground access. Once water lines are drained and comfort stations closed, off-season camping fees will go into effect. A vehicle entrance permit is required.
Here is a look at what can be expected at specific state parks:
- Beaver Lake, Napoleon: Main comfort station and shallow bury water hydrants close Wednesday. ADA comfort station and the remainder of hydrants will close Oct. 31
Camping cabins may be rented until Oct. 31.
Electrical service is available until park roads are blocked by snow.
- Cross Ranch, Center: Water hydrants will be drained Wednesday.
Electrical hookups at Sanger Campground available until snow blocks entrance road.
- Fort Abraham Lincoln, Mandan:
Campground water lines will be drained when freezing temperatures are forecasted, except for selected deep water hydrants which will be drained Oct. 31.
Electrical hookups, sleeping cabins and the comfort station will be available until Wedensday.
- Fort Ransom, Fort Ransom: Comfort station, sewer dump station and most water hydrants, except those near the Visitor Center and shop will be closed Oct. 1.
Electrical hookups will be available in the West Side Campground until first snow. A limited number of primitive camping sites are available through the winter.
Canoe and kayak rentals end Wednesday.
Closing Oct. 1: Bjone House Visitor Center, Sunne Horse Corral and camp area; Riverside Horse Corral and Camp area will remain open until first snow; East Side Campground, primitive campsites will close at first snow.
- Fort Stevenson, Garrison: Campground water lines will be shut off and comfort stations close Oct. 5. Cabin available for rent until Nov. 30. Park deer bow season opens Oct. 1.
- Grahams Island, Devils Lake: Campground water lines will be drained Wednesday. The west comfort station closed on Sept. 4; east comfort station closes Wednesday.
Bait shop closes Monday; bait shop bathrooms are open until Oct. 31. Sleeping cabins available until Oct. 31.
Some campsites have water year-round.
- Icelandic, Cavalier: Campground water, comfort station and camping cabins available through Wednesday.
Electrical hookups are available until snow closes campgrounds. A hydrant at the primitive camping area is available year-round
- Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau: Full services available in Washegum Campground until Wednesday, depending on weather forecasts. Maid ‘o Moonshine Campground is closed. Primitive camping available until snow closes park roads. Family cabins available year-round.
- Lake Sakakawea, Pick City: Campground water and comfort station available through Wednesday or until freezing temperatures hit.
Camping cabins will be available until Wednesday. Electrical hookups available until snow closes campground. Water is available year around at Visitor Center.
- Lewis & Clark State Park, Williston: Campground water, comfort station and camping cabins available through Wednesday. Electrical hookups available until snow closes campground.
- Little Missouri, Killdeer: Park closes for the season Nov. 2.
- Sully Creek State Recreation Area, Medora: Closes Dec. 1.
- Turtle River, Arvilla: Comfort station and Woodland cabins available until Wednesday. South campground sites 1-36 closed for the season allowing for utility upgrades. Reserved sites 37-71 are available.
Campground water and dump station to close Oct. 4. Electrical hookups available until park roads are blocked by snow.