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Tucked away on the shores of Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark State Park boasts one of the prettiest outlooks in North Dakota. Located 19 miles east of Williston, the park is set against a backdrop of rolling hills, rugged buttes, and sparkling water views. This spectacular scenery was undoubtedly a welcome sight to famed explorers Meriweather Lewis and William Clark, who camped out here in April 1805.
When you're not sitting back and taking in the scenery, there's also plenty of great activities to enjoy in Lewis and Clark State Park. Fishing and boating are the standouts, but visitors can also make the most of excellent hiking and birding opportunities. Throw in a modern, RV-friendly campground and you've got the makings of the perfect destination for a camping vacation.
Located on Lake Sakakawea's north shore, Lewis and Clark State Park is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. It features its own sheltered marina for boats of 20 to 50 feet long, and canoe, stand-up paddleboard, and kayak rentals are available at the marina over summer.
A boat ramp is provided to ensure easy access to the water. There's also a fish cleaning station on hand when you need to prepare the day's catch for that night's dinner. Anglers in Lewis and Clark State Park can target northern pike, sauger, walleye, and more, so it's well worth remembering to pack your rod for the trip.
Other Lewis and Clark State Park campers simply prefer cruising around the lake and taking in the lovely views of the rolling hills and imposing buttes that surround the water. It's a relaxing and peaceful way to get around, especially if you're paddling.
The other main attraction is, of course, swimming. With a sandy swimming beach just a stone's throw from the campground, you don't have too far to travel when you need to cool off in the summer months.
Away from the water, the other major activity in Lewis and Clark State Park is hiking. Four trails wind their way throughout the park, each of which offers a unique experience for walkers. The short Prairie Nature Trail is great for families, offering an easy, self-guided trek through native prairie and past several interpretive stations. If you're keen to tackle something a little longer, the lovely water views along the three-mile Shoreline Trail make it well worth the effort.
If you want to camp with an RV at Lewis and Clark State Park, you'll feel right at home in the park's lakeside campground. So, once you book an RV in Williams County, take your pick of the following accommodation options:
Back-in and pull-through sites are available, including plenty of sites designed to accommodate large rigs. The campground is wooded to provide decent shade, while picnic tables and fire rings are provided for added convenience.
Flushing toilets and showers are clean and well-kept, while a dump station is easily accessible from all four camping loops. Other campground features include kids' playgrounds and close proximity to the swimming beach.
Finally, there are also two seasonal cabins available if you're traveling with friends or family who won't be camping in an RV.
When your Lewis and Clark State Park RV camping adventure comes to an end, you don't have to head home straight away. You'll find lots of other great attractions worth checking out in the local area, so why not take the scenic route?
For example, if you're a history buff, you might want to head southeast towards New Town and the Crow Flies High Butte Historic Site. This site played an important role in Lewis and Clark's explorations and also offers lovely water views.
Alternatively, you might like to turn your campervan rental northwest towards Williston, where the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is a must-visit for nature lovers.
Of course, if you'd rather head for a major center, Bismarck is just a little over three hours away. While you're there, make sure you spend a day at the Dakota Zoo, which is home to more than 600 fascinating animals.
When you rent a camper near Lewis and Clark State Park, you give yourself the freedom to follow in the footsteps of America's most iconic explorers. Why not find the perfect RV rental for your needs and start planning your next adventure?