Lewis and Clark State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Dakota

Lewis and Clark State Park commemorates where the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the winter of 1804 and 1805 on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea. In addition to being a lakeshore park with a sandy swimming beach, this facility has a terrific mixed-grass prairie, a fantastic spot to go fishing. Bikes, snowshoes, paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks are available to rent on-site if you do not bring your own. Near this park, close to Epping, North Dakota, visitors can visit the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, play golf on the Links of North Dakota, and tour Fort Bufford State Historic Site.

Nearby Cities:

  • Epping, North Dakota

  • Tioga, North Dakota

  • Ray, North Dakota

  • Grenora, North Dakota

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Spring 18-68 F
Summer 51-85 F
Fall 17-72 F
Winter 0-27 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lewis and Clark State Park

Campground Accommodations

Lewis and Clark State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: 88 sites

  • Electrical hookup: 88 sites

  • Sewer hookup: 41 sites

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 40 feet

  • Other amenities: picnic tables, showers, grills

Buffalo Trails Campground

Buffalo Trails Campground is just over a 30-minute drive from the state park and offers 79 sites, many containing full hookups. It operates from May 1st to October 15th and provides a range of amenities to ensure you and your family have a comfortable stay.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, groceries, RV supplies, dump station, ice.

Big Country RV Park

Big Country RV Park is another place within the vicinity of the state park, and it offers a quiet retreat for travelers. They pride themselves of providing all of the comforts of home and have on-site management and maintenance staff 24/7. Nightly rate is $35.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, storage units for rent.

The Links of North Dakota RV Park

If you’re hoping to combine your love of golf with your love of RVing, then you’ll be pleased to hearThe Links of North Dakota RV Park is less than 20 minutes away. It offers 20 spacious RV sites with pull-through parking, as well as much-needed amenities such as electric hookups and a dump station. The daily rate is $30.

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wifi: yes

  • Pet-friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: restrooms, laundry facilities, dump station.

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What to Do at
Lewis and Clark State Park

North Dakota's Lewis and Clark State Park has a marina where you can rent various boats to play on Lake Sakakawea. Anglers delight in catching walleye, sauger, and northern pike throughout the year. It is also a popular destination for ice fishing in the winter. The beach is a terrific place to go swimming in the warmer months. The hiking trails are an excellent way to explore the outdoors in North Dakota, and once the snow flies, they are open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Many people spend recreational time at Lewis and Clark State Park playing on the lake in warmer months, while winter sports are popular during the colder months.

Inside Lewis and Clark State Park

Whether you’re hoping to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or more – there’s something to keep every type of traveler entertained at Lewis and Clark State Park. 

Hiking : The state park has more than eight miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails, making it the perfect place to explore on foot. There’s a self-guided nature trail, as well as the North Trail System, South Trail System, and Shoreline Trail. View the trail maphere.

Boating : Modern boating facilities, including a marina with slip rentals and boat ramps, give boats access to the northern tip of enormous Lake Sakakawea. The ramp is located on the east side of the park, close to designated parking, restrooms, a fishing cleaning station, and more.

Swimming : Visitors can also enjoy the swimming area and a day-use beach located along the east shore of the campground near the camping cabins. It’s the perfect place to cool-down during summer.

Fishing : Lake Sakakawea offers excellent fishing, giving anglers a chance to catch species such as walleye, sauger and northern pike. Two rare fish species, the pallid sturgeon and the prehistoric-looking paddlefish, can occasionally be found in the lake's western reaches.

Kayaking and canoeing : During summer, canoes and kayaks can be rented from the marina.

Fishing Fishing

Lake Sakakawea is a fantastic place to go fishing for walleye. In the early spring, they often bite on pitched jigs, but as the weather warms up, try fishing for them on bottom bouncers. Deep crankbaits will usually yield the best results during summer's hottest days. Jigs and minnows can be fantastic options in the autumn. Anglers can also ice fish at this location.

Geocaching Geocaching

Lewis and Clark State Park partners with the North Dakota Geocaching Association to offer guests a geocaching experience. Visitors can download an app that will lead them to visual caches, which they record in the app to receive a new clue.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

The largest mixed-grass prairie in North Dakota is at this park. It is home to white-tailed deer, mule deer, ring-necked pheasant, porcupine, sharp-tailed grouse, and chipmunks. Learn more about them at the informational kiosks along the Coteau Trail.

Stargazing Stargazing

This park's remote location makes it a terrific option for stargazing. In particular, consider heading out along the Eskers Trail, where you will find an overlook where you can see for miles. You will love seeing the night sky set against the lake and the Badlands.

Flora and Fauna

Besides the large lake, this park has a mixed-use prairie containing short and tall grasses. Scattered around the park, you will also find groves of trees. Many of these groves have fruit trees that bloom in the spring.

Hiking Hiking

The looped 2.6-mile-long Eskers Trail is a fantastic place to go hiking through open areas and across mixed-grass hilltops. You will often see butterflies flitting across the sky. The bench near the stream is a terrific place for peaceful meditation. Try snowshoeing on this park's groomed trails if you want a unique winter adventure.


Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are available to rent on an hourly or daily basis at Lewis and Clark State Park. The marina has 74 slips ranging in size from 24 to 75 feet. The park rents out most of the slips on a seasonal basis, but a few are available at a daily rate. There are also two boat launches at the park.


Bikes are available to rent by the day or the hour. Each rental comes with a bike helmet. You can ride the bikes along park roads.

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How to Get to
Lewis and Clark State Park

It is easy to get to Lewis and Clark State Park from Epping, North Dakota. Start by going south on County Highway 42. Turn left on North Dakota 1804. In 4.1 miles, turn right on County Highway 15. Continue for 3.2 miles, and you will see the park.

Entering Lewis and Clark State Park

The cost to enter the park is $5 per vehicle. There is a $25 camping fee. You can find parking for vehicles of all sizes near the marina and the park's headquarters.

If you’re planning a trip to Lewis and Clark State Park, you’re in for a treat! Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates. During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!

Frequently Asked Questions About Lewis and Clark State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Lewis and Clark State Park?

Summer is the perfect time to visit Lewis and Clark State Park because you can hike and fish. It is also an ideal time for a cookout, and children will love playing on the playground.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lewis and Clark State Park?

You can see many kinds of wildlife at Lewis and Clark State Park, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, porcupines, and chipmunks. The park is also home to many types of birds, including pheasants, wild turkeys, and grouses.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lewis and Clark State Park?

There are 54 RV camping sites in addition to tent camping sites at Lewis and Clark State Park. Each site comes with water and electricity, and some of the sites have sewer hookups.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Lewis and Clark State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are not always required at Lewis and Clark State Park. However, keep in mind that the campground often fills up on summer weekends. You can secure a spot online, and the cost to stay is $25 per night.

Are pets allowed at Lewis and Clark State Park?

Leashed pets are allowed at Lewis and Clark State Park. Pets must be accompanied at all times.